Childhood autism 'improved' by parent training

How parental training leads to improved outcomes


Researchers examined 152 young children diagnosed with ASD using a range of scores based on communication, behaviour and social interaction. A 'severity score' was compared with initial meeting and then after a year of either 'normal' or 'intensive' parental training. This 'intensive' training included parents watching videos of their interactions, focussing and building on brief moments of 'greater quality interaction'. This included an intense course and daily 30 minute 'play sessions'.

After a year, there was a significant reduction in symptom severity and improved interaction.

The implications are great. Early, focussed parental training can help to relieve symptom severity and improve quality of life. The effects may extend into school and adulthood, reducing the risk of bullying and reliance on social support.

People with the disorder may be able to interact more within society, which may improve their quality of life and limit the number with depression and other problems. This may come as welcome news to many.

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Reference:

1. Pickles, A. et al. Lancet http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31229-6 (2016).

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