Parent Support of Preschool Peer Relationships in Younger Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

TitleParent Support of Preschool Peer Relationships in Younger Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsEstes, A, Munson, J, St John, T, Dager, SR, Rodda, A, Botteron, K, Hazlett, H, Schultz, RT, Zwaigenbaum, L, Piven, J, Guralnick, MJ
Corporate AuthorsIBIS Network
JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
Volume48
Issue4
Pagination1122-1132
Date Published2018 Apr
ISSN1573-3432
Abstract

Preschool-aged siblings of children with ASD are at high-risk (HR) for ASD and related challenges, but little is known about their emerging peer competence and friendships. Parents are the main providers of peer-relationship opportunities during preschool. Understanding parental challenges supporting early peer relationships is needed for optimal peer competence and friendships in children with ASD. We describe differences in peer relationships among three groups of preschool-aged children (15 HR-ASD, 53 HR-NonASD, 40 low-risk, LR), and examine parent support activities at home and arranging community-based peer activities. Children with ASD demonstrated precursors to poor peer competence and friendship outcomes. Parents in the HR group showed resilience in many areas, but providing peer opportunities for preschool-age children with ASD demanded significant adaptations.

DOI10.1007/s10803-017-3202-5
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID28634707
PubMed Central IDPMC5738288
Grant List6020 / / Autism Speaks / United States
U54 HD083091 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
P30 ES010126 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States
U54 HD087011 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
HD055741 / / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development /
140209 / / Simons Foundation /
HD083091 / / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development /
R01 HD055741 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States