An NIMH Project for Intensive Intervention for Autism and Support for Families
This five year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (PI Robert Koegel, collaborative with Laura Schreibman, Aubyn Stahmer, and Lynn Koegel) focuses on the development of parent education programs as an efficient means of delivering intensive intervention for autism.
The literature and the results of our previous funding periods have supported the position that parent training is an extremely effective approach to the treatment of autism. It is fast, economical, and produces relatively broad treatment changes. During our research program our work has been concerned with identifying specific variables related to the best-practice parent training and developing an improved program designed to address these variables. Accordingly, our research has assured a progressive direction in the development of a parent training treatment delivery package that is optimal for the child and for the family. In our previous research we have typically compared one type of treatment to another type of treatment.
Looking back at our efforts in this area we now feel we have a substantial corpus of data both comprehensive in scope and rich in detail; and based on our pilot studies and preliminary investigation we believe that careful analyses of these data now allow us to specify several variables important for the purpose of developing treatments for children with autism that are helpful for both the children and their parents.