American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom)
Parent Implemented Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review

McConachie, H., & Diggle, T. (2007).
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 13(1), 120-129.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a review of comparative studies pertaining to parent-mediated or parent-implemented interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Children aged 1 year to 6 years 11 months, diagnosed with any of the following: autism, ASD, Asperger syndrome, PDD, PDD not otherwise specified.

Intervention/Assessment: Parents/carers were the main mediators of the intervention and the study intervention had a significant focus on parent-implemented intervention.

Number of Studies Included: 12

Years Included: Not stated

Findings:

Conclusions:

  • Treatment
    • Cognition
      • Parent-Mediated/Implemented - Findings suggest that parent-implemented training can improve social communication skills in children with autism. However, the authors state that results should be reviewed with caution due to methodological concerns with included studies and limited amount of evidence found (p. 120).
  • Service Delivery
    • Provider
      • General Findings - Findings suggest that parent-implemented training can improve social communication skills in children with autism. However, the authors state that results should be reviewed with caution due to methodological concerns with included studies and limited amount of evidence found (p. 120).

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parent-Mediated Intervention

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Added to Compendium: February 2012

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