This study was carried out to examine the efficacy of a 12-week, low intensity (one-hour-per-week of therapist contact), parent-delivered intervention for toddlers at risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) ages 14–24 months and their families.
Professionals can help families maximize intervention hours by (1) coaching them to provide high quality high frequency learning opportunities at home and (2) steering them to high quality interventions available in the community for their toddlers, as soon as ASD appears. The “wait and see” approach to early ASD must be replaced by an “act now” mentality.
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2012 Oct; 51(10): 1052–1065.
Published online 2012 Aug 28. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2012.08.003
My first "acting now" is going to take form as an intimate group of parent/babe (11-24 month).
The plan for "Peekaboo & Playful" will begin with adding elements of the above study. Parent-delivered interventions will be modeled & coached in order for caregivers to feel successful on their own to maximize opportunities. Developmental approaches will guide the child-interest/led play while my observations/assessments will drive the intensity.
I will continue to share details of "Peekaboo & Playful" while connecting the research with my experience and training.