The RUBI Autism Network

Parent Training Significantly Reduces Disruptive Behavior in Children with Autism

It’s estimated that six out of 1,000 children worldwide are affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and 50 percent demonstrate serious and disruptive behavior, including tantrums, aggression, self-injury and noncompliance.

For children with ASD, serious disruptive behavior interrupts daily functioning and social skills development, limits their ability to benefit from education and speech therapy, can increase social isolation and intensify caregiver stress.

Luc Lecavalier and his team of researchers from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a 24-week parent training study designed to effectively reduce serious behavioral problems in young children with ASD.

The study, the largest randomized, multi-center trial to evaluate behavioral interventions for ASD, appears today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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