Mindfulness Training and Parent-coaching Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder

2019-03-29 08:49:18 | BioPortfolio


Caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) report higher levels of depression and distress than caregivers of typically developing children as well as children with other developmental disabilities. The proposed work tests a novel treatment paradigm that blends Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with an empirically supported and manualized parent training program (Parent-Implemented Early Start Denver Model [P-ESDM]). We hypothesize that directly treating parental distress, while simultaneously providing evidence-based parent training, may greatly enhance child-focused intervention and provide benefits that resonate across the family.

Study Design


Autism Spectrum Disorder


Parent-implemented Early Start Denver Model, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction


Vanderbilt University Medical Center
United States




Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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