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Training for parents may lessen some autism symptoms in kids

Communication skills show small but long-lasting improvements, study finds

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6:30pm, October 25, 2016
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MESSAGE RECEIVED  A program that teaches parents how to communicate better with their kids may improve certain autism symptoms, a new study suggests.

Training parents to better communicate with their children with autism spectrum disorder may lead to long-lasting improvements in certain symptoms, scientists report online in the Oct. 25 Lancet.

The results are “very encouraging,” because they show long-term benefits for a relatively low-intensity treatment — one that’s delivered by parents, says clinical psychologist Geraldine Dawson, who directs the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development.

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