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Parent Training Intervention May Reduce Autism Severity

Date Published: 
November 22, 2016

Training parents how to communicate with their preschool-aged children with autism shows promise for long-term gains in those youngsters, according to a new study. Researchers in the United Kingdom followed about 60 parents who participated in a specific intervention, the Preschool Autism Communication Trial (PACT), when their children were between 2 and 4 years old. They also followed a similar number of parents who did not receive the training, who served as a control group. The children could participate in other therapies.

When the children were about age 10, the researchers found, the PACT group had less severe autism symptoms than the group whose parents did not receive PACT intervention. There was no difference in language scores.