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Summary of Systematic Review

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.

This review meets the criteria for a high-quality evidence-based systematic review.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review states a clearly focused question or aim 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
Characteristics of the included studies are provided 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)/Aim(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

Conclusions:

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Social Communication Disorders

  • Treatment

    • Cognition/Language

      • 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).

Sponsoring Body:
Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom)

Keywords:
Parent-Mediated Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorders

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