Preschoolers with Autism is a 20-week parent education program that provides them with an understanding of autism and its effect on their child’s development, skills and abilities.

There are 10 parent group sessions (90 mins per week) and 10 individual sessions (60 mins per week). These sessions focus on topics such as managing difficult behaviours, coping with stress, and how to encourage communication.

Number of participation hours required per week

Under 20 20+
Notes:
20 week program involving 10 group sessions (90 mins) and 10 individual sessions (60 mins)

Cost of intervention per week

$0-$30 $30 – $80 $80 – $100 $100 – $120 $120 +
Notes:
Up to $4000 to participate in the program (includes copy of parent manual book)

Home, Clinic, or both?

Home-based Clinic or centre-based Both or it doesn’t matter.
Notes:
Possible pros of this intervention Possible cons of this intervention
The authors’ view is that families do better when parents/carers have the opportunity to work in partnership with professionals.
Meeting with other parents whose children have autism to share feelings and experiences is also important.
Limited by regional access.
Sessions can only be delivered by clinicians experienced in counselling, child development and autism specific family supports.
An additional parent guidebook is required to be purchased.