Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 19(4) January 2017 : 74-80.doi:10.12927/hcq.2017.25014
Strategies For Challenging Behaviours

Longitudinal Evaluation of a Parent and School Team-Mediated Workshop Intervention for Reducing Challenging Behaviours in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Brea Chouinard and Shawn Reynolds

Abstract

Children with autism spectrum disorder often develop persistent challenging behaviours. A previous study in this journal (Reynolds et al. 2011) reported effective implementation of strategies immediately following involvement in a comprehensive positive behaviour support workshop for parents/school personnel. The current study assessed long-term efficacy more than six months after workshop completion. Parent and school behaviour scores suggested maintained improvement in child behaviour. Parent responses to a verbal questionnaire revealed important perceptions of what made workshop participation beneficial. This study provides evidence for long-term benefits from this innovative approach for caregivers working with children with challenging behaviours.

 

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