Pilot study of a parent guided website access package for early intervention decision-making for autism spectrum disorder*

Sarah Carlon*, Mark Carter, Jennifer Stephenson

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    Abstract

    A pilot study of the effectiveness of guided access to websites that provide information on intervention options for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was conducted with 12 parents of preschool-aged children with ASD. Guided access to reliable websites that included information about the efficacy of interventions for ASD (Raising Children Network, 2006–2014; Research Autism, 2006–2014) was provided in the format of a DVD presentation. The guidelines for choosing interventions provided on the Raising Children Network (2009) website were reiterated and assistance was provided with navigation and interpretation of the sites. Participants reported the guided access to reliable websites as useful and also reported an increased level of confidence in making intervention decisions after using the package. However, the guided access did not appear to influence the factors that parents considered important in decision-making, their understanding of the level of research support for interventions, nor their desire to use different interventions. Implications for future research and attempts to disseminate information to parents are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)141-156
    Number of pages16
    JournalAustralasian Journal of Special Education
    Volume41
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • ASD
    • autism
    • autism websites
    • evidence-based practice
    • intervention
    • parental decision-making

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