Parents/teachers of 2-4 year olds, I need your help!

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    *Parents or teachers of 2-4 year-old children with autism: Please consider following the link to complete a questionnaire for the study described below. I would be so grateful for your help with this very important early intervention research!http://goo.gl/forms/HgiFQaB8So Study Description: Despite the large body of research on challenging behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), no research study has examined the relationship between the presence/absence of early indicators of problem behaviour and the presence/absence of core preschool life skills (as described by Hanley et al. 2007). The preschool life skills include: expressing needs/wants/feelings/preferences that others can understand, following instructions, tolerating delays in access to preferred items and activities, and developing friendships. Problem behaviours such as aggression towards self and others, temper tantrums, and noncompliance are often prevalent in older children with autism, yet little is known about how these manifest at a younger age. This study will examine factors related to (a) early indicators of problem behaviour and (b) the presence/absence of the core preschool life skills in children below the age of 5 years. Absence of the preschool life skills as a risk marker/predictor of early forms of problem behaviour will also be investigated. What’s Involved? The parent (or teacher/staff member) will be asked to complete an online questionnaire.These questionnaires will be used to identify early indicators of problem behaviour (and the form of problem behaviour present), to evaluate communication skills & social functioning, and to identify the presence/absence of the 13 preschool life skills (as described by Hanley et al. 2007). Strict confidentiality will be maintained. The child’s/parent’s/teacher’s name will not be used anywhere throughout the study. You will have the right to withdraw consent at any time during the study (and up until the time the results are published) without providing an explanation. Your participation would be greatly appreciated. If you would like any additional information please contact Carolyn Ritchey (ritcheyc@tcd.ie).

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