Weitlauf AS, Broderick N, Stainbrook JA, Taylor JL, Herrington CG, Nicholson AG, Santulli M, Dykens EM, Juárez AP, Warren ZE. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Parents Implementing Early Intervention for Autism: An RCT. Pediatrics. 2020 Dec;145(145). S81-S92. PMID: 32238534 [PubMed]
Systems of care emphasize parent-delivered intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Meanwhile, multiple studies document psychological distress within these parents. This pilot longitudinal randomized controlled trial compared the parent-implemented Early Start Denver Model (P-ESDM) to P-ESDM plus mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for parents. We evaluated changes in parent functioning during active treatment and at follow-up.