KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Autism Spectrum Disorder – No One-Size-Fits-All Approach

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 01:22 PM

Last week while enjoying a glorious spring day with my family soaking in the Hershey Gardens, I noticed another family touring with their preschool child.  His behavior reminded me of the kids with autism I home visited long ago. It was invigorating to see the intense focus he brought to the sights, sounds and smells of the Butterfly Atrium. 

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Tags: autism, ASD, Asperger's syndrome, Parenting Assessment

Parents and Practitioners: Need Resources for Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 02:01 PM

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources 

Offered by Linda K. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development

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Tags: autism, early intervention, family support-partnership-services

Autism: Early Identification and How Assessing Parenting Can Help

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 07:56 PM

April is National Autism Awareness Month

So let’s discuss some exciting research on autism spectrum disorders for families and practitioners.  Autism is currently the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. What sort of disorders are we talking about? The Autism and Developmental Disorders Monitoring Network (ADDMN) describes them as follows:

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, autism, early intervention, special needs

Assessing Parenting in Families Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted by Phil Gordon on Sun, Apr 28, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

In honor of the end of Autism Awareness Month, in this post we share the experience of Dr. Emmanuelle Davison who assesses parenting in her work with families raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  


According to a 2008 national study cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 88 children in the United States who were 8 years old were identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Although symptoms are usually apparent before age 3 years, the peak age for identification is 8 years.  More recently a 2011-12 Centers for Disease Control survey of parental report showed the ASD prevalence of school aged children 6 to 17 years of age of about 1 in 50 in the United States.  Because of its high prevalence, awareness of ASD is essential.   Early intervention can make a big difference.  Below is an example of how assessing parenting helped one family with ASD.  

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, measuring parenting, parent-child interaction, assessing parenting, autism