Parent-mediated Intervention and the Expression of Positive Emotion in Toddlers With Suspected Autism
This case study examined whether shared positive affect increased between 4 toddlers with suspected ASD and their mothers, during the follow-up treatment phases of a parent–mediated PRT program. Video recordings of 10 minutes were rated for the occurrence of smiles between the parent and child. Results indicated that there was no significant increase in shared positive affect. More specifically, for 2 of the 4 children increased in rates of smiling, 1 decreased and 1 slightly decreased in their rates of smiling. Respectively, 2 parents increased in their rates of smiling, 1 decreased, and 1, slightly increased. The variability between each of these cases was attributed to the briefness of the training program and that greater focus was on encouraging the child’s language. Perhaps future programs could introduce more strategies designed to enhance shared positive affect between parent-child dyads.
Autistic children , Autistic children - behavior modification