Mental health

Parent skills training for management of children with intellectual disabilities and pervasive developmental disorders

Question 6: What is the effectiveness and role of parent skills training in the management of children with intellectual disabilities and pervasive developmental disorders (including autism)?

Management of child and adolescent mental disorders

  • Population:
    • children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities
    • children and adolescents with pervasive developmental disorders
  • Interventions: parent skills training
  • Comparison: care as usual
  • Outcomes:
    • overall performance at school (including academic performance, participation and behaviour)
    • family functioning (including functioning of the child and the parents)
    • symptom reduction
    • adverse effects of treatment
    • improvement in physical health
    • reduction in risk behavior
    • user and family satisfaction.

Recommendation(s)

Parent skills training should be considered in the management of children with intellectual disabilities and pervasive developmental disorders (including autism). Such training should use culturally appropriate training material relevant for these disorders to improve development, functioning and participation of the children within families and communities.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

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