American scientists have found that parents of children with autism can help their kids more effectively after watching instructional DVDs.
It was also seen that this led to improvements in child behaviour and communication.
The study conducted by Nicolette Nefdt, Robert Koegel, George Singer and Michael Gerber at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has appeared in the January 2010 issue of The Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions (published by the Hammill Institute on Disabilities and SAGE).
Nefdt said: "Many parents of children with ASD are motivated and able to implement evidenced based intervention with minimal support.
"Once provided with a rationale, step by step instructions and video examples, parents were able to change their behavior and begin teaching their child to communicate. Parents who completed the program commented mostly on the ease and flexibility of use of a program such as this one, the value of the video examples and the enjoyment of working with their child".
Co-author Robert Koegel said: "This is very exciting to us, as we are now able to help many more people more quickly than we could otherwise."