Identifying effective strategies to instruct parents during parent-implemented intervention: The role of parent practice with feedback

Bailey J. Sone*, Jordan Lee, Jeffrey Grauzer, Aaron Kaat, Megan York Roberts

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Parent-implemented interventions have positive effects on child and family outcomes, but the core components of these interventions that are used in research settings are rarely used in practice settings. One reason for this discrepancy may be uncertainty about the optimal instruction used to teach parents. This study includes an investigation the instructional strategies that were most effective in teaching different types of intervention strategies to parents of autistic children. Increased opportunities for “parent practice with feedback” (i.e., independent parent practice with immediate clinician feedback) was most predictive of parent strategy use regardless of the type of intervention strategy or parent baseline skills. Further analysis revealed that clinicians used the instructional strategy of parent practice with feedback more often when teaching intervention strategies that parents were already using to some degree before intervention (i.e., responsive strategies) and when parents had higher baseline intervention strategy use. These results suggest that instructional strategies targeting parents’ existing capacities may be most effective in improving parent learning, and in the future, researchers should investigate ways to modify and individualize parent instruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-404
Number of pages11
JournalEarly Childhood Research Quarterly
Volume62
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

Keywords

  • autism
  • caregivers
  • coaching
  • early intervention
  • naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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