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

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
    DOIs
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jun 20 2017

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    Keywords

    • Autism
    • High risk
    • Parent
    • Peer relations
    • Preschool
    • Sibling

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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