Authors: Pi HJ, Kallapiran K, Munivenkatappa S, Kandasamy P, Kirubakaran R, Russell P, Eapen V
Title: Meta-Analysis of RCTs of Technology-Assisted Parent-Mediated Interventions for Children with ASD
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2022 52(8): 3325-3343
Year: 2022
Research Design: Systematic Review

Technology-assisted parent-mediated interventions improve accessibility and are acceptable but not proven to be effective. We conducted a systematic search of 6 databases. We included and analysed results from studies on social and communication outcomes. Sixteen Randomised-Controlled-Trials (RCTs) with 748 participants were included. Most studies were rated as of good quality. Meta-analysis suggested that interventions were probably effective in improving emotion recognition. No significant differences were found in social communication, social functioning or language outcomes. At present, isolated tech interventions do not fulfil criteria for promising or established evidence-based interventions for ASD. Future research needs to focus on improving the effectiveness of technology-assisted parent-mediated interventions for ASD.

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