Clinical trial for autistic children targets parents

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(KTVI)- Parents of children with autism sometimes face emotional strain, and big  changes in their everyday lives. But how do parents handle these changes?

Dr. Debra Zand wants to help us find out.

Dr. Zand is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and researcher at SLU. She tells us about a new clinical trial that's targeting the parents of autistic children.

The study is to help parents apply strategies that could improve their child`s behavioral problems.

Researchers will recruit 76 parents of children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder over the past year. Parents of children between ages 2 to 12 who have been diagnosed with autism in the last one year are eligible to participate in the trial.

There will be four consecutive 30-minute sessions across a one month span.

Results of this trial will be compared to parents of kids with autism who don`t receive such intervention programs.

If you'd like to enroll for this study call, 314-974-0602.