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Group Social ABCs for toddlers with suspected or diagnosed Autism: Evaluation of a clinic-based behavioural intervention.

Behavioural Intervention


We are studying a shortened, group version of the Social ABCs to see if it works.  Parents will learn strategies of the intervention through a combination of group workshops and individual practice sessions over a six-week period.


Jessica Brian, PhD


Who can participate

Caregivers and their toddlers aged 12-36 months who have been assessed by a Holland Bloorview clinician and who show early signs of ASD.

What's Involved

  • You will come to Holland Bloorview to learn about the study and fill out some questionnaires.  We will take a video of you and your child playing at this visit.
  • You will attend an informational workshop once a week for six weeks with other parents of toddlers showing similar early signs of ASD.
  • During these same weeks, you and your toddler will attend weekly clinic-based practice sessions with the Social ABCs coach for six weeks where you will be coached on strategies of the Social ABCs intervention.  During these visits, we will videotape you and your child playing together.
  • You will be reimbursed for transit and parking expenses and receive a copy of the Social ABCs manual.

Interested in participating

ongoing (through clinic)

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Alex Hoffman at 416-425-6220 ext 3522 or with your interest, and they will get back to you shortly.  Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.


Learn more about this study