A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found a parent training program can help reduce behavior problems in children with autism.
The study, the largest clinical trial to date, was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers said a parent training program decreased tantrums, aggression, self-injury and other serious behavior problems in children with autism by 47.7 percent. The program lasts 24 weeks and includes 11 core sessions in which a clinician works one-to-one with the primary caregiver for 1 – 1 ½ hours. There are also two home visits and up to four additional sessions.