Randomized Study of Intensive One-on-one Behavioral Treatment Versus Individualized Parent Training in Preschool Aged Children With Autism

This study has been completed.
University of California, Los Angeles
Information provided by:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: October 18, 1999
Last updated: December 13, 2013
Last verified: November 2005

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the effectiveness of intensive one-on-one behavioral treatment in the home or neighborhood compared with at home, individualized, parent training in preschool aged children with autism.

II. Identify intake measures that predict differences in outcome between subjects in the experimental group.

Condition Intervention
Autistic Disorder
Behavioral: intensive one-on-one behavioral treatment
Behavioral: Individualized in home parent training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):

Estimated Enrollment: 32
Study Start Date: May 1998
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 1999
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Children are randomized to receive either 35 hours of intensive one-on-one behavioral treatment in the home and neighborhood for 2 years or individualized, in home parent training for 6 months.

A common group of tests to evaluate autism are administered at intake, 12 and 24 months into treatment, and when patients reach age 6.


Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years to 3 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


--Disease Characteristics--

Diagnosis of autism based on the Autism Diagnostic Interview using the ICD-10 research criteria

Ratio IQ score greater than 35 determined from the Bayley Scales of Infant Development

--Patient Characteristics--


Must reside within 60 km (37.5 miles) of a treatment site

No severe medically induced limitations defined as:

  • Any condition requiring prosthetic devices (e.g., blindness, deafness, or cerebral palsy)
  • Any illness that has prevented or would prevent a subject from participating in 30 hours a week of treatment for six consecutive weeks or more (e.g., metastasized cancer or end stage renal disease)
  • Any known genetic disorder (e.g., Fragile X, PKU, or Down Syndrome)
  • Any other disorder that rules out autism according to ICD-10 criteria (e.g., Rett's Syndrome)
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00004449

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Los Angeles
Study Chair: Ole Ivar Lovaas University of California, Los Angeles
  More Information

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00004449     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01 MH48863, UCLA-HSPC-G930506611, R01 MH48863
Study First Received: October 18, 1999
Last Updated: December 13, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):
neurologic and psychiatric disorders
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autistic Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Mental Disorders
Mental Disorders Diagnosed in Childhood

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