A Brief Coaching Intervention for Teaching Naturalistic Strategies to Parents

Justin D. Lane, Jennifer R. Ledford, Collin Shepley, Theologia K. Mataras, Kevin M. Ayres, Alicia B. Davis

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Coaching parents to implement evidence-based strategies is one method for increasing the number of hours young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) access intervention services. The purpose of this study was to teach parents of young children with ASD to implement naturalistic strategies during play in a clinic setting. Results indicate a brief coaching procedure was effective for training parents to implement behavioral strategies, with concomitant changes in child behavior. Additional research is needed to determine how to facilitate maintenance over time and whether effects generalize to typical settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-150
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Early Intervention
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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  • autism spectrum disorder
  • coaching
  • early childhood
  • naturalistic strategies
  • parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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