ENACT (ENvironmental enrichment for infants; parenting with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): A randomised controlled trial of an innovative intervention for infants at risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 2019December 2022
The University of Queensland

Are you expecting a child? Do you have a family history of ASD?

Would you like to try an early intervention for infants at risk of ASD?

Researchers at The University of Queensland want to hear from you!

 

About the study

Researchers at The University of Queensland have developed an early intervention approach for infants at risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – that is, for infants with a first-degree relative (parent or sibling) with ASD.

The early intervention program, ENACT, is delivered online through an e-course, “ENACT 101”, combined with online clinical consultations to assist parents to tailor the intervention to best meet their own individual needs and the needs of their baby.

ENACT incorporates early intervention approaches, targeting social reciprocity through everyday parent-child interactions, as well as strategies to support parental mental health and coping with parenting challenges such as infant sleep.  

 

What does the study involve?

At the start of the study you will complete initial online assessments and then be randomly allocated into either the ENACT Intervention group or the Care as Usual group. 

ENACT study

 

What are the benefits to participating in this study?

Benefits to you :

Families who are in the ENACT group will get early access to a novel early intervention program. In addition, you will also play a valuable role in refining the content of the program. Every family will receive a report from our developmental paediatrician detailing their infant’s developmental assessments at 12 months of age free of charge.

Benefits to others:

With your help, we hope to refine ENACT. We hope to make ENACT101 accessible to families with children at risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder across the world!

How can I participate?

To participate in this study you need to be currently pregnant with a child who has a first-degree relative (that is, a biological mother, father, sister or brother) who has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since ENACT will be delivered online, you will also need a reliable internet connection throughout the study.

Participation in this study is voluntary and you can withdraw from this project at any time without penalty.

 

Would you like more information?

If you would like to take part in this study, or have questions and would like more information, click the link above or you can call one of our Chief Investigators: Chief Investigators: Dr Andrea McGlade or Miss Kavindri Kulasinghe on +61 7 3069 7547 or uqenact@uq.edu.au.

Expression of Interest

Security of data and Information Confidentiality

During the course of the study, you will be asked to provide your email address so that we can send you the surveys to complete. Your email address will be removed from all our records at the completion of the study. Any data that you provide to us will be de-identified and researchers will not reveal any identified data. All data collected will be stored in a secure location.

Contact Us

If you would like to take part in this study, or have questions and would like more information, please contact one of our Chief Investigators: Dr Andrea McGlade or Miss Kavindri Kulasinghe on +61 7 3069 7547 or uqenact@uq.edu.au.

This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of The University of Queensland and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Whilst you are free to discuss your participation in this study with project staff, if you would like to speak to an officer of the University not involved in the study, you may contact the Ethics Coordinator on (07) 3365 3924.

 

 

 

Project members

Dr Koa Whittingham

Senior Research Fellow
Child Health Research Centre

Professor Roslyn Boyd

Professor
Child Health Research Centre

Dr Amy Mitchell

Early Career Research Fellow
School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, UQ

Dr Andrea McGlade

Developmental Paediatrician, PhD Candidate
Child Health Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine

Associate Professor Honey Heussler

Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician
Centre for Children's Health Research, Queensland Children's Hospital

Dr Jacqui Barfoot

Research Assistant, Occupational Therapist, PhD
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Dr Kristelle Hudry

Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Counselling, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University

Kavindri Kulasinghe

PhD Candidate
Queensland Cerebral Palsy & Rehabilitation Research Centre, Child Health Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland