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An Evaluation of the Acceptability of the Family Check-Up Intervention for Caregivers of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Principal Investigator:
  • Vivian Lee, McMaster University
  • McMaster University

Project Overview

This project looks at the acceptability of the Family Check-up (FCU) program for caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Family Check-up is a brief, evidence-based, assessment-driven intervention that uses a strength-based and motivational interviewing approach to engage caregivers in the prevention and treatment of child emotional and behavioural problems (EBP). Although this program has been well-studied in the United States, this is the first research group to investigate the utility of the FCU program in Canada, in addition to its acceptability for families of children with ASD, especially those with EBP. This project will have a significant impact on our understanding of how modifying and supporting parental practices may have on changing problem behaviours and other mediating factors that benefit children with ASD with EBPs in toddlerhood or early preschool years.