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 under study.
The present study uses behavior skills training to teach parents how to implement parent-mediated behavioral intervention strategies with their infants who are showing signs of autism. Ten parent/infant dyads participated in a 12-week intervention consisting of 1-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. Two parent and three infant target behaviors were targeted throughout 12 sessions.
Results are promising and will be discussed in terms of acquisition of target behaviors, reductions in autism symptoms using a low-intensity parent-mediated behavioral treatment model and social validity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2018
Event9th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis - University of Applied Sciences, Würzburg, Germany
Duration: 19 Sep 201822 Sep 2018


Conference9th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis
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