From Clinic Room to Zoom: Delivery of an Evidence-Based, Parent-mediated Intervention in the Community Before and During the Pandemic

Tobi Graucher, Yana Sinai-Gavrilov, Yaniv Mor, Shay Netzer¹, Eyal Y. Cohen, Linoy Levi, Tzlil Birenboim Avtalion, Judah Koller*

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Abstract

Disruptive behaviors (DBs) are common in children with autism, affecting child and family quality of life. Parent-mediated interventions (PMIs) are a cost-effective and accessible way to decrease DBs. COVID-19 increased need for telehealth interventions. This study explored a group delivery of an evidence-based PMI (RUBI), delivered face-to-face and virtually in Israel, before and during the pandemic. Fifty-five families of children with autism and DB participated, 24 receiving face-to-face intervention and 31 receiving virtual. Outcome measures included the Aberrant Behavior Checklist and Home Situations Questionnaires. Results indicate reduction of DBs across groups, with > 50% of treatment-responders showing reliable change. This study is the first to assess RUBI outside the US among a sociodemographically diverse population, in both in-person and virtual contexts.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)5222-5231
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume52
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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Keywords

  • Autism
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Parent training
  • Parent-mediated intervention
  • RUBI

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