Randomized controlled caregiver mediated joint engagement intervention for toddlers with autism.

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TitleRandomized controlled caregiver mediated joint engagement intervention for toddlers with autism.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKasari, C, Gulsrud, AC, Wong, C, Kwon, S, Locke, J
JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
Date Published2010 Sep
KeywordsAdult, Attention, Autistic Disorder, Caregivers, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Infant, Male, Parent-Child Relations, Parents, Play and Playthings, Treatment Outcome

This study aimed to determine if a joint attention intervention would result in greater joint engagement between caregivers and toddlers with autism. The intervention consisted of 24 caregiver-mediated sessions with follow-up 1 year later. Compared to caregivers and toddlers randomized to the waitlist control group the immediate treatment (IT) group made significant improvements in targeted areas of joint engagement. The IT group demonstrated significant improvements with medium to large effect sizes in their responsiveness to joint attention and their diversity of functional play acts after the intervention with maintenance of these skills 1 year post-intervention. These are among the first randomized controlled data to suggest that short-term parent-mediated interventions can have important effects on core impairments in toddlers with autism. Clinical Trials #: NCT00065910.

Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID20145986
PubMed Central IDPMC2922697
Grant ListAS2280 / / Autism Speaks / United States
R21 MH064927 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
MH064927 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
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