Randomized Trial of Parent Training in Young Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of Parent Training (PT) in reducing irritability and noncompliant behavior in children with PDD. As part of this study, your child will undergo a variety of assessments including, but not limited to, medical history, intelligence and noncompliant behavior. You will be randomly assigned (i.e., by chance) to either PT or a Psychoeducational Program (PEP).

In both treatments, you will be part of an extensive, 6-month set of one-on-one sessions with a therapist, including monthly assessment visits. Afterwards, there will be a 3 month and 6 month follow-up visit. Compensation will be provided as small payments to offset travel expenses during visits.

Who can be a part of the study?

Children between 3 years 6 years old and are currently enrolled in a structured school program, who: 

  • Have a diagnosis of PDD (autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder or PDD-NOS)
  • Are currently on a stable intervention plan where there are no scheduled changes in intensity of treatment for the next six months
  • Medication free or stable on medication with no changes in the past six weeks and no scheduled changes for the next six months.

If you would like more information about this study, contact Marc Badura 404-785-9467 or Karen Bearss, Ph.D., at 404-785-9544. If you would like to be contacted about this study, please register.