A Randomized, Community-Based Feasibility Trial of Modified ESDM for Toddlers with Suspected Autism

Pat Mirenda, Paola Colozzo, Veronica Smith, Ed Kroc, Karen Kalynchuk, Sally J. Rogers, Wendy J. Ungar

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Abstract

A randomized feasibility trial of a parent coaching (PC) intervention was conducted across 16 community agencies in a Canadian province. Parents of toddlers with suspected autism were assigned to either a PC group (n = 24) or an enhanced community treatment (ECT) group (n = 25). PC participants received 24 weeks of coaching support from community service providers trained in the project. Children in both groups also received available community services and supplementary materials. PC children made significantly greater gains in word understanding and PC parents had significantly higher quality of life, satisfaction, and self-efficacy scores. Results are discussed in terms of the challenges of conducting feasibility studies in community settings and the lessons learned in the project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Community-based
  • Feasibility
  • Parent coaching
  • Preemptive intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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