Parent perceptions of an adapted evidence-based practice for toddlers with autism in a community setting

Results of this study provide preliminary support for the successful implementation of a selected parent-mediated Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral interventions intervention that was applied using a community-partnered approach

Aubyn C Stahmer; Lauren Brookman-Frazee; Sarah R Rieth; Julia Trigeiro Stoner; Joshua D Feder; Karyn Searcy; Tiffany Wang

2016

Scholarcy highlights

  • The number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is currently 1 in 68, and identification is occurring at increasingly early ages
  • In a recent study of prevalence rates, 44% of children with ASD had received a comprehensive evaluation before age 3, and mention of developmental concerns was documented before age 3 for almost 89% of these children
  • Data for this study were collected as part of a pilot study examining initial impact and feasibility of training early intervention providers to deliver Project ImPACT to toddlers with ASD and their families
  • Findings from both qualitative and quantitative data indicate that parents had very positive perceptions of the feasibility, utility, and effectiveness of Project ImPACT when implemented by community EI providers
  • Parent-mediated interventions, including Project ImPACT should consider adopting this type of thorough planning with the parent in order to improve the likelihood of at-home practice and increase parent independence with the use of the strategies
  • Coders were blind to time in treatment,. These results indicate that implementing Project ImPACT is feasible when community providers are trained to teach parents in usual care to use the strategies
  • Future research should directly compare this implementation model to other methods

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