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Study of Stepped-Care Telehealth Program for Parents of Children with ASD

Clinical Trial Title: 
Using a stepped-care telehealth program to teach parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder.
Clinical Trial Protocol ID: 
Clinical Trial Investigator Name: 
Allie Wainer, PhD
Clinical Trial Protocol Description: 

This research will examine the use of a stepped-care telehealth intervention for parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Online RIT is a hybrid telehealth program which combines a self-directed website with remote therapist-assistance to introduce parents to evidence-based strategies to help build social imitation skills in their child with ASD. At Rush University Medical Center we expect to recruit approximately 20 patients. Half of the families will be randomly assigned to the treatment condition, while the other half of the families will be assigned to a waitlist control condition.

Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria: 

In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Are a parent of a young child (18 to 60 months) with a recent (e.g., within 5 months) medical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
  • Are a parent of a young child (18 to 60 months) who has difficulties with imitation during social and play interactions.

You will be excluded from the study if any of the following criteria apply to you:

  • Are a parent of a child who demonstrates significant physical or sensory limitations which preclude participation in standardized play assessments.

This is a partial list of inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Clinical Trial Area: 
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Contact Phone: 
(312) 563-3520
Contact Name: 
Allie Wainer, PhD