The impact of parent-delivered intervention on parents of very young children with autism

Annette Estes, Laurie Vismara, Carla Mercado, Annette Fitzpatrick, Lauren Elder, Jessica Greenson, Catherine Lord, Jeffrey Munson, Jamie Winter, Gregory Young, Geraldine Dawson, Sally J Rogers

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This study investigated the impact of a parentcoaching intervention based on the Early Start Denver Model (P-ESDM) on parenting-related stress and sense of competence. This was part of a multisite, randomized trial comparing P-ESDM (n = 49) with community intervention (n = 49) for children aged 12 and 24 months. The P-ESDM group reported no increase in parenting stress, whereas the Community group experienced an increase over the same 3-month period. Parental sense of competence did not differ. Number of negative life events was a significant predictor of parenting stress and sense of competence across both groups. This suggests that a parent-coaching intervention may help maintain parental adjustment directly after a child is diagnosed with ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-365
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Early intervention
  • Early Start Denver Model
  • Parent
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Medicine(all)


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