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Parent Training Programmes

Parent training programmes may be designed to teach parents how to deliver interventions to their own children (child-focused programmes) or they may be designed to teach parents how to cope with the difficulties of having a child on the autism spectrum (parent-focused programmes).

In some child-focussed programmes, the parents are taught to become the primary practitioner for the intervention (primary training programmes). In other programmes, the parents are taught to work alongside professionals as co-practitioners (complementary training programmes).

Parent training programme are different to parent education programmes which are usually designed to tell parents about autism, related issues (such as sleep problems) and the interventions and services that may be available to them.

In practice, some parent training programmes may include elements of education and some parent education programmes may include element of training.

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