A Study of a Developmental,Individual-Difference,Relationship-Bases/Floortime Intervention for Children With Autistic (DIR)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 7, 2009
Last Update Posted : July 26, 2010
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Mahidol University

Brief Summary:

Thirty eight autistic spectrum disorder children age 2-6 years recruited into the study. The new treatment intervention is based on the DIR Model. Parents will be coached at the start and then every 3-4 months for 1 year. Outcome will be measured at the first session and at the end of the study using Functional Emotional Assessment Scale and Childhood Autism Rating Scales, Functional Emotional Level, and parent satisfaction rating.

Hypothesis of the study: Children who get additional treatment of DIR/floortime show much improvement in climbing the developmental "ladder" and declining in the autistic behaviors.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Autism Spectrum Disorders Behavioral: DIR/Floortime parent intervention Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 40 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A One-year Prospective Follow-up Study of a DIR/ Floortime Parent Training Intervention for Pre-school Children With Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Study Start Date : May 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2010

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: DIR/Floortime parent intervention Behavioral: DIR/Floortime parent intervention
Parent will be trained to observe their autistic child's cues, follow their child's lead and techniques to enhance his/her development.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The Functional Emotional Assessment Scale (FEAS) Ratings (the child part) [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) Clinical rating of the children (6 point scale related to Greenspan's six Functional Development Level -FDL) Satisfaction of the effectiveness of the intervention of their child (Six-point Likert scale) [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years to 6 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • clinical criteria for Autistic Disorders according to DSM IV
  • child is 2 - 6 years of age

Exclusion Criteria:

  • children with additional medical diagnosis (e.g., genetic syndromes, diagnosed hearing impairment, diagnosed visual impairment or seizures)
  • children who are geographically inaccessible for follow-up visits
  • their parents are not literate or known chronic psychiatric or physical illness in the parents

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00954213

Kingkaew Pajareya
Bangkoknoi, Bangkok, Thailand, 10700
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mahidol University
Principal Investigator: Kingkaew Pajareya, MD Rehabilitation Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

Responsible Party: Associate Professor Dr. Kingkaew Pajareya,M.D., Rehabilitation Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand Identifier: NCT00954213     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 206/2551(EC1)
First Posted: August 7, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 26, 2010
Last Verified: July 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders