Parent-Implemented Positive Behavior Support Strategies for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Pilot Investigation

Lauren H. Hampton*, Yael S. Stern, Hannah Fipp-Rosenfield, Karen Bearss, Megan Y. Roberts

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Purpose: Parents of children on the autism spectrum enrolled in early intervention often receive coaching to address both social communication and disruptive behavior, which are the two most frequently reported concerns by parents. Intervention techniques for both are often recommended to be implemented across daily routines and require the parents to learn new ways of interacting with their child. A sequential approach to instructing parents in these key intervention targets may reduce burden and increase adherence. Method: This multiple-baseline design pilot study included three mother–child dyads who received instruction in a disruptive behavior intervention immediately following a social communication intervention. Maternal maintenance of social communication strategies and child disruptive behaviors were measured during probes throughout the study. Results: Results indicate that although mothers readily learned to implement the techniques, fidelity of implementing social communication strategies declined after introduction of the positive behavior support strategies. Conclusions: A sequenced approach to parent-mediated intervention is feasible and acceptable. Clinical implications and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1921-1938
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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