Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of motivating eye gaze in young children on autism spectrum through parent-mediated intervention

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Abstract

We studied the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a brief parent-mediated intervention to improve the orienting towards faces in young autistic children. Twenty (aged 3–6) autistic children were randomly assigned to an intervention or a control group. The intervention group parents were trained to perform three types of practices with their children for four months. The feasibility of recruitment, data collection and analysis procedures, acceptability and adherence were investigated. To study the usability and preliminary efficacy of two outcome measures, eye gaze and state of engagement with parents were observed during a 10-minute free-play session at baseline, after 4–6 months, and after two years. The results indicated support for the feasibility and efficacy, demonstrating a significant increase in eye gaze and engagement in the intervention group but not in the control group. It is an encouraging preliminary finding that the engagement increased after supporting the orientation towards the eye region, indicating beneficial effects for further social-communicative development in autistic children.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102028
Number of pages12
JournalRESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
Volume98
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Engagement
  • Eye contact
  • Eye gaze
  • Feasibility
  • Parent-mediated intervention

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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