Treating Autism Symptoms in Infancy Through Parent-Mediated Intervention

Amy Tanner, Katerina Dounavi

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Recent research suggests autism symptoms can emerge as early as 6 months of age and are reliably detected as early as 12 months of age. Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention is the most established intervention for preschool aged children with autism, however best practices for intervention to treat autism symptoms in infancy are still being established. The present study uses a behavior skills training package to teach parents how to implement parent-mediated behavioral intervention strategies with their infants who are showing signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Ten parent/infant dyads participated in the 12-week intervention, which consisted of1-hour weekly parent-coaching sessions, focusing on using daily routines such as mealtimes and play, to teach imitation, joint-attention and verbal behavior to their infants who ranged in age from 7-18 months. Five-minute videos were recorded at the start of every session and scored using partial interval recording for the presence of target behaviors. Three parent and three infant target behaviors were targeting throughout the twelve sessions. Results will be discussed in terms of acquisition of target behaviors, reductions in autism symptoms using a low-intensity parent-mediated behavioral treatment model and the social validity of the intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2017
Event9th International Conference, Association for Behaviour Analysis International (ABAI) : Association for Behavior Analysis-International - Paris, France
Duration: 14 Nov 201715 Nov 2017
Conference number: 9


Conference9th International Conference, Association for Behaviour Analysis International (ABAI)
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