New UNC Study Investigates Parent-Mediated Intervention for Infants at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder

A group of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members from the departments of Allied Health Sciences, Psychiatry, and Psychology including Drs. Grace Baranek, Linda Watson, Lauren Turner-Brown, Samuel Field, Elizabeth Crais, Linn Wakeford, Lauren Little, and J. Steven Reznick have authored a new article that will appear in the winter 2015 edition of the Autism Research and Treatment, a peer-reviewed, open access journal.

New UNC Study Investigates Parent-Mediated Intervention for Infants at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder click to enlarge PEARLS researchers validate a novel home-based intervention for infants-at-risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

The article will outline results of this new study and demonstrate the promise of a novel parent-mediated intervention for improving developmental outcomes for infants at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a community sample. Eighteen families with a 1-year-old at risk for ASD were followed for more than 20 months to compare the effects of a new parent-mediated intervention called Adapted Responsive Teaching (ART) versus referral to early intervention and monitoring. Parents using ART showed enhanced parent-infant interactions, and their infants showed gains in sensory responsiveness as well as communication and socialization, as compared to those who did not use ART. The study also highlights the value of earlier identification of ASD to facilitate earlier access to community services.

For more information about the study, read the recent news release published by UNC Health Care here. 

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