Reciprocal Intervention Teaching (RIT) for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Reciprocal Intervention Teaching (RIT) - Behavioral
Any Age
All Sexes
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Study Summary

Despite strong consensus that early, specialized intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can have a dramatic impact on outcomes, the public health system's capacity to provide such services is severely challenged by the rapid rise in ASD prevalence. The goal of this research project is to improve services and outcomes for children with early signs of ASD by testing the effectiveness of a brief, inexpensive training on EI providers' ability to deliver an evidence-based, caregiver-mediated intervention that can improve providers' comfort and effectiveness in working with families of children with social communication concerns, as well as improving child and family outcomes.

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

7 Primary · 5 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Change from baseline to 12-month follow-up

Change from baseline to 12-month follow-up
Provider Coaching of Caregivers in RIT Strategies
Change from baseline to 6-month follow-up
Caregiver Top Concerns
Caregiver Use of RIT Strategies
Child Adaptive Behavior
Child Language
Child Motor Imitation - In Vivo
Child Motor Imitation - Parent Report
Child Social Communication - Behaviorally Coded
Child Social Communication - In Vivo
Child Social Communication - Parent Report
Parenting Self-Efficacy
Parenting Stress

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Daily Routines
1 of 2
RIT Training Group
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

180 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Reciprocal Intervention Teaching (RIT) · No Placebo Group · N/A

RIT Training Group
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Reciprocal Intervention Teaching (RIT) · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Daily Routines
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Daily Routines · Intervention Types: Behavioral

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: change from baseline to 12-month follow-up

Trial Background

Prof. Wendy Stone, Professor, College of Arts & Sciences: Psychology
Principal Investigator
University of Washington
Closest Location: University of Washington · Seattle, WA
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1993First Recorded Clinical Trial
7 TrialsResearching Autism Spectrum Disorder
628 CompletedClinical Trials

Eligibility Criteria

Age Any Age · All Participants · 10 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You have an active caseload that includes at least two children with ASD or suspected ASD.
You are willing and able to participate in intervention sessions and research tele-visits that are video-recorded by research staff.
You are fluent in English.
You have a caregiver who is at least 18 years of age.
Child has a diagnosis of ASD or displays social communication impairments consistent with ASD.

About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.