American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration; the Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom)
Parent-Mediated Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Diggle, T., McConachie, H. R., et al. (2002).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(2).

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 randomized controlled trials, quasi-randomized controlled trials or comparative studies which investigate parent-mediated interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder aged 1 to 6 years.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Children age 1 year to 6 years 11 months with autism spectrum disorder.

Intervention/Assessment: Training of parents in interventions to improve the management of their child’s autism-related difficulties.

Number of Studies Included: 2

Years Included: 1963- 2002

Findings:

Conclusions:

  • Treatment
    • Cognition
      • Parent-Mediated Intervention - Only two studies with a small number of participants and results that could not be compared to one another were included. “The research currently available does not allow conclusions to be drawn about best practice” (p. 10).
  • Service Delivery
    • Provider
      • Only two studies with a small number of participants and results that could not be compared to one another were included. “The research currently available does not allow conclusions to be drawn about best practice” (p. 10).

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parent-Mediated Intervention

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Added to Compendium: February 2012

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