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Disruptive behaviour may hinder the acquisition of daily living skills for youth with autism spectrum disorder
  1. Elizabeth A Laugeson
  1. University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA;

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ABSTRACT FROM: Scahill L, Bearss K, Lecavalier L, et al. Effect of parent training on adaptive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder and disruptive behavior: results of a randomized trial. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2016;55:602–9.

What is already known on this topic

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by impaired social communication and restricted/repetitive behaviours.1 Although arguably less cited, delayed adaptive functioning and disruptive behaviours are also considered hallmark features of this disorder. Parent training (PT) is a common treatment for youth with ASD, with previous research demonstrating reduced disruptive behaviour in young children.2 However, the extent to which PT positively influences adaptive behaviour has yet to be investigated.

Methods of the study

The current study examines the immediate and long-term impact of PT, in comparison to an active treatment control on the daily living skills of young children with ASD. Participants included 180 children with ASD aged 3–7 years (158 boys and 22 girls) with at least moderate behaviour problems. Parents …

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