Parent-Mediated Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: April 2013

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that parent-mediated early interventions have a positive impact on interactions between children with autism and their parents. The review included 17 randomized controlled trials in which interventions delivered by parents were compared with:

  • No treatment or local services 
  • Alternative child‐centered interventions like attending nursery school 
  • Other parent‐delivered interventions 

Researchers found that parent-mediated interventions may improve some outcomes, including the child’s understanding of language and severity of autism characteristics. But other outcomes, like children’s adaptive skills and parent stress, did not change.  

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Oono, I. P., Honey, E. J., & McConachie, H. (2013). Parent_mediated early intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013 (4). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009774.pub2.