Parent-Implemented Intervention: Targeting Restricted Interests and Repetitive Behaviors in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors (RIRBs) comprise one of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Considerable evidence indicates that the manifestation of RIRBs is pervasive and associated with persistent interference with the social, communicative, and adaptive functioning in children with ASD. In addition, children's engagement in RIRBs has been associated with limiting family activities and disrupting family interactions. The current study examined the effectiveness of a parent-implemented self-management intervention to target higher-order RIRBs in children with ASD. A non-concurrent multiple baseline design was employed to assess the effects of the intervention on child, parent, and family measures. The results indicate that improvements in behavioral flexibility, observed child affect, parent and child engagement, observed parent affect and confidence, global measures of RIRB symptoms, family functioning, and some changes in parent stress occurred with the implementation of the intervention. These findings have significant theoretical and clinical implications.
0622: Clinical psychology