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Dyadic intervention for autism in the prodrome and preschool – developmental effects, mechanisms and service implication

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In recent years there has been a shift of emphasis in autism intervention towards the involvement of parents. From intervention being seen as something that could only be undertaken by expert therapists directly with the child, it is now the case that “parent mediated therapy” (that is intervention with and through the parent of an autistic child) has some of the best evidence for long term developmental autism outcomes. Why should this be? I will outline the theoretical rationale for parent mediated intervention and illustrate some of the scientific evidence supporting it; from basic science developmental studies to randomised controlled trials of such interventions in the context of: i) babies with high likelihood of autistic development, ii) babies with early identified community concerns for later autism, iii) children with a diagnosis of autism. I will present mechanistic studies which test the logic model of this form of intervention and in turn give important illumination about autistic development itself. I will suggest how this work can feed into new integrated, proactive and developmentally focused autism care pathways in early childhood.

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