More than taking care of autistic children, their parents do require training to take care of such children with specific strategy to overcome their tantrums, aggression, self-injury and non-compliance, said a new research.
Autism sprectrum disorder (ASD) is a special condition that begins early in childhood and parents often undergo stress and despair to take care of them. These children lack social communication and behavioural interaction.
“Our study shows that parent training is also helpful for improving behavioural problems such as irritability and non-compliance in young children with ASD,” said Denis Sukhodolsky, of the Yale University in the US.
In their study, researchers roped in parents of 180 randomly selected ASD children aged 3 to 7 for 24 week training. After the training, updated with useful information on taking care of children with thier social communication problems, they were able to manage the situations better than others, they found.
Similarly, they studied those without the training and found the difference. “Both groups showed improvement, but parent training was superior on measures of disruptive and non-compliant behaviour,” James Dziura, another researcher at Yale, said.
The study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).