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Build Your Parenting Toolkit: Guiding Children to Become Flexible Thinkers

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02803801
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 17, 2016
Last Update Posted : April 12, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lianne Belton, Rehabilitation Centre for Children, Canada

Brief Summary:
This pilot project is a cooperative effort between the Leisure in Fun Environments (LIFE) Program and the Specialized Communication Resources for Children (SCRC) Program at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children (RCC). The investigators will blend and enhance two pre-existing programs in order to provide a new, specialized program for parents of children with ASD or developmental delay. The two programs that will be blended together are "Promoting Flexible Thinking and Interaction with Your Child at Home" and "Saturday Cooking Club." This new program will be a series of ten workshops that alternates between "parents only" learning sessions and practical "cooking club" sessions that allow parents to focus on practicing what they are learning with their child. These programs are based on the principles of Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®), which focuses on providing opportunities to establish a guided participation relationship, which will lead to development of dynamic intelligence and important social thinking abilities. The program is individualized to each child and builds on the principles of typical development to assist the child in achieving social competence. Using this program, children are expected to develop sociability in a naturally progressing order of complexity.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Developmental Disorder Behavioral: Build Your Parenting Toolkit Program Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Parenting children with developmental disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be challenging. Often, these children process information in an atypical manner and they may struggle to learn through social engagement. At times, regular parenting techniques do not work with these children, which may leave parents feeling distressed and confused. In their ground breaking interpretation of the International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability (ICF), The 'F-words' in childhood disability, (2011) Dr. P. Rosenbaum and Dr. J. Gorter state that, "Family represents the essential environment of all children." They point to research that confirms that parental physical and mental health is challenged in families who have a child with a disability. Specifically, behavioural issues of these children significantly contribute to parental stress scores, impact attachment, the relationship with a spouse, parental depression and in particular, a sense of competence. By providing parents the opportunity to understand their child's unique learning style, and the opportunity to learn how to mindfully engage their child, it is the investigators' goal to restore parental competence and the natural parent/child relationship.

The objectives of this new learning series program are to help parents understand their child's unique learning style and to give parents the practical tools to become their child's best teacher and guide. Becoming a mindful parent requires a solid understanding of the child's underlying social learning challenges, and it requires parents to be both self-reflective and analytical. Behaviour change takes time and repeated experience. Parents also need the opportunity to practice in a safe and supportive environment. This learning series will consist of ten in-person sessions, over a period of 12-14 weeks.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 7 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Build Your Parenting Toolkit: Guiding Children to Become Flexible Thinkers. SCRC/LIFE Program Pilot Project
Study Start Date : September 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Build Your Parenting Toolkit Program
Ten session program, with a mix of parents-only lectures and parent and child Cooking Clubs.
Behavioral: Build Your Parenting Toolkit Program
Ten session program, with a mix of parents-only lectures and parent and child Cooking Clubs.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Relationship Development Assessment [ Time Frame: 14 weeks ]
    Video recordings of the parent and child cooking, used to evaluate the parents' responsiveness, communication and ability to stage engagements with their own child

  2. Being a Parent Scale [ Time Frame: 14 weeks ]
    This short questionnaire evaluates parent's current perceptions of a variety of common parenting situations and their emotional reactions

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cooking Club Feedback Questionnaires [ Time Frame: 14 weeks ]
    These questionnaires will be used to evaluate whether the lecture sessions adequately prepared them for the related Cooking Club. These questionnaires will also help parents develop goals to work on at home.

  2. Exit Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 14 weeks ]
    Satisfaction questionnaire, to help improve the program in the future.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

- parents of children who have high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder or high functioning developmental delay, and are aged 7-12

Exclusion criteria:

- unable to complete the study sessions

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02803801

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Canada, Manitoba
Rehabilitation Centre for Children
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 3G1
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rehabilitation Centre for Children, Canada
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Principal Investigator: Lianne Belton, OT Rehabilitation Centre for Children
Principal Investigator: Carol Kehler, PT Rehabilitation Centre for Children

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Responsible Party: Lianne Belton, Occupational Therapist, Specialized Communication Resources for Children, Rehabilitation Centre for Children, Canada Identifier: NCT02803801     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BYPT2016
First Posted: June 17, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 12, 2017
Last Verified: April 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Lianne Belton, Rehabilitation Centre for Children, Canada:
Parents' ability to guide their child
Parent perception of competence
Parent understanding of their child's unique learning style
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Autism Spectrum Disorder
Developmental Disabilities
Pathologic Processes
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders