Development and Pilot Study of Parent Training for Feeding Problems in Autism
Helping parents of children with autism manage feeding problems
Nickname: PT Feeding
Project Period: February 3, 2014 - January 31, 2017
Principal Investigator: Tristram Smith, Ph.D. and Susan Hyman, M.D.
Funded by: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have feeding problems. These can include food selectivity and refusal or disruptive behaviors at mealtime. This study will create a manualized, individually delivered, parent training program for feeding problems. We will test the usefulness of the program compared to a wait-list control group program.
Participants: Children between the ages of 2 and 8 with an autism diagnosis who have difficulty with feeding or mealtime behaviors.
Activities: Children attend to 2 - 3 screening visits to determine eligibility. Eligible children are randomly assigned to immediate or delayed treatment (5 months later), which consists of 11 visits over a 5 month period with the child's parent and a therapist. Two additional 1-hour paperwork visits are held mid-treatment and at the end of treatment.
Time Commitment: A total of 6 - 9 months.
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