The Effect of Parenting With Positive Behavior Interventions on Community Inclusion for Military Connected and Dependent Children With Autism and Their Parents

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Status

Enrolling

Conditions

Autism

Treatments

Behavioral: Parenting with Positive Behavior Interventions

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT05580432
HM20025356

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this research study is to find out if a training program for parents with military dependent or connected children with autism (ASD) who have challenging behavior will help those children and their families participate in more community activities. The training program, called Parenting with Positive Behavior Interventions, may help military parents learn new tools that will help their children with autism and challenging behavior attend community activities more easily.

Full description

Participants will be randomly assigned (like the flip of a coin) to either immediately receive the Parenting with Positive Behavior Interventions or you will be asked to wait in a control condition for six months and then receive the same intervention. Participants have an equal chance of being assigned to any one of the groups (get the treatment immediately or wait 6 months) but will be given a chance to receive the intervention regardless within 6 months. In this study, participants will be asked to do the following things: Attend (virtually or in-person) a one-hour monthly training about behavior interventions for children with autism. Participate in two 60- minutes sessions with a behavior coach (virtually or in-person) each month to talk about a community goal they want to complete with their child. Attend an optional 60-minute meeting with other research participates each month to talk about their experience learning how to manage their child's behavior. Work with a researcher to fill out a series of questionnaires 3 times during the study. These questionnaires will ask about participants, their child's challenging behaviors, stress related to community activities with their child, and how often they participate in community activities with their child with autism and challenging behavior.

Enrollment

40 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

5 to 11 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Parent Inclusion Criteria:

  • Be older than 18 years
  • a. Serve or be the partner of a person who serves (or served, in the case of a deceased member) in the military(active duty, retired, medically discharged, deceased or on reserves) b. Be connected to the military (works as a civilian on base, works as a federal employee to provide services on base, provides services to the military, or is a contractor with the military OR has an immediate family member other than the parent who lives with the child and is active duty, retired, medically discharged, deceased or on reserves)
  • Be the parent of a child with ASD who is between the ages of 5 - 11
  • Be able to provide consent to participate

Child inclusion criteria:

  • Be a military dependent child (a military dependent child is a child with a parent, step-parent or guardian who is currently serving in, retired or medically discharged from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or the National Guard on active duty or reserves or a parent or guardian died in service of one of the branches of military listed above.)
  • Be a military connected child (a child whose parent works as a civilian on base, works as a federal employee to provide services on base, provides services to the military, or is a contractor with the military OR a child who has an immediate family member other than the parent who lives with the child and is active duty, retired, medically discharged, deceased or on reserves)
  • Have a medically diagnosed and/or educational eligibility label of autism, autism spectrum disorder, or any other condition associated with autism
  • Display challenging behavior at home or in the community.
  • Be between the ages of 5 - 11

Exclusion criteria

Parent Exclusion Criteria:

  • Be unwilling or unable to consent to participate
  • Be unwilling or unable to provide consent for their child with ASD to participate
  • Be unwilling or unable to participate in the intervention

Child Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not living with the parent who is participating in the intervention
  • Hospitalized or in residential treatment outside of the parent's home

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

40 participants in 2 patient groups

Immediate behavioral intervention
Experimental group
Description:
Participants will receive the intervention immediately
Treatment:
Behavioral: Parenting with Positive Behavior Interventions
Delayed behavioral intervention
Active Comparator group
Description:
Participant will receive the intervention after a 12 month delay
Treatment:
Behavioral: Parenting with Positive Behavior Interventions

Trial contacts and locations

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Central trial contact

Lauren Avellone, PhD, BCBA, LBA; Carol M Schall, PhD

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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