Randomized Trial of Parent Training for Young Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Principal investigator: Lawrence Scahill, M.S.N., Ph.D.
REGISTER TO JOIN THE STUDY
Marcus Autism Center is recruiting subjects to examine the effectiveness of Parent Training (PT) in reducing irritability and non compliant behavior in young children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).
Purpose of the study
The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of Parent Training (PT) in reducing irritability and noncompliant behavior in children with PDD. As part of this study, your child will undergo a variety of assessments including, but not limited to, medical history, intelligence and noncompliant behavior. You will be randomly assigned (i.e., by chance) to either PT or a Psychoeducational Program (PEP).
In both treatments, you will be part of an extensive, 6-month set of one-on-one sessions with a therapist, including monthly assessment visits. Afterwards, there will be a 3 month and 6 month follow-up visit. Compensation will be provided as small payments to offset travel expenses during visits.
- Are between 3 years and 6 years old and are currently enrolled in a structured school program
- Have a diagnosis of PDD (autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder or PDD-NOS)
- Are currently on a stable intervention plan where there are no scheduled changes in intensity of treatment for the next six months
- Medication free or stable on medication with no changes in the past six weeks and no scheduled changes for the next six months.
If you would like more information about this study, contact Marc Badura 404-785-9467 or Karen Bearss, Ph.D., at 404-785-9544. If you would like to be contacted about this study, please register.
This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and will take place at five sites across the U.S. (Emory University, Ohio State University, Indiana University, University of Rochester and University of Pittsburgh).
Approved by Emory University IRB on 10/29/2012. IRB#00060945.