A new study conducted by researchers at the UW READi Lab, Vanderbilt, and the Center for Telepsychology found that an interactive, web-based parenting tutorial was effective in improving children’s participation in home routines, such as bed time and bath time. The study is currently “in press” in the journal, Autism Research. The “Enhancing Interactions” tutorial was developed by our team and evaluated through a randomized clinical trial of 104 parents of children with ASD between 18 and 60 months.
Results revealed that parents assigned to the Tutorial condition learned new strategies for engaging their children in routines, and reported less parenting stress, felt better about their parenting skills, and reported better child social interactions compared to parents in the No Tutorial condition. This tutorial may be especially helpful for families who have limited access to services, as it can be completed at home.
This study was funded by an NIMH Small Business Innovation Research grant to Kenneth Kobak, and Lisa Ibanez and Wendy Stone are authors on this paper. To view an interactive demo of tutorial, click here!