Preliminary Efficacy of Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers: Effects on Parents and Their Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Turner-Brown, L., Hume, K., Boyd, B. A., & Kainz, K.

From the abstract: "This study examined the effects of an intervention to support parents and promote skill development in newly diagnosed toddlers with ASD. Participants included 50 children with ASD under 3 and their parents who were randomly assigned to participate in a 6-month intervention, Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers (FITT) or 6 months of community services as usual. FITT included 90-min in-home sessions (n = 20) and parent group sessions (n = 4). Results revealed significant treatment effects on parent stress and well-being, with families in the FITT group showing decreased stress and improved well-being over time. While no treatment effects were found for global child measures, there were significant treatment effects on social communication skills."

Citation: Turner-Brown, L., Hume, K., Boyd, B. A., & Kainz, K. (2019). Preliminary efficacy of family implemented TEACCH for toddlers: Effects on parents and their toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49, 2685-2698.
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2812-7