The Social ABCs caregiverÔÇÉmediated intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder: Feasibility, acceptability, and evidence of promise from a multisite study

These findings demonstrate the potential impact of parent-mediated intervention even for very young babies with emerging autism spectrum disorder, but further evidence is needed

Jessica A. Brian; Isabel M. Smith; Lonnie Zwaigenbaum; Wendy Roberts; Susan E. Bryson


Scholarcy highlights

  • The Social ABCs is a parent-mediated intervention for toddlers with suspected or confirmed autism spectrum disorder
  • No between-site differences were found for mean age, ADOS comparison metric, or MSEL T-scores or Age Equivalents at intake or follow-up, or for video-coded variables at BL, PT, or F-up
  • Significant gains were observed in age-equivalent scores on both Receptive and Expressive Language domains of the MSEL, both with large effect sizes
  • Our findings reveal gains in several language and communication indices, shared positive affect, and social orienting for toddlers with confirmed or suspected ASD, over a relatively short time, with parents as mediators
  • Parents attained a high degree of fidelity relatively quickly and rated the intervention as highly acceptable
  • With the stringent error correction, none of the smiling change data were significantly correlated with changes in communication indices
  • We are highly motivated to explore the cost-effectiveness of this model compared with more intensive, comprehensive interventions for toddlers with ASD

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