Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group Intervention for Parents of Children with Disabilities (Navigator ACT): An Open Feasibility Trial

J Autism Dev Disord. 2023 May;53(5):1834-1849. doi: 10.1007/s10803-022-05490-6. Epub 2022 Mar 3.

Abstract

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities report high levels of distress, but systematically evaluated interventions are few. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of a novel, manualized Acceptance and Commitment Therapy group intervention (Navigator ACT) in a sample of 94 parents of children with disabilities. Feasibility was measured by treatment completion, credibility, and satisfaction, and preliminary outcomes by using self-rating scales administered at the baseline, post-intervention, and follow-up. The results imply the intervention is feasible in the context of Swedish outpatient habilitation services. A preliminary analysis of the outcome measures suggests that parents experienced significant improvements in well-being. The results indicate that the treatment is feasible and should be evaluated in a randomized controlled trial.

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder; Disability; Feasibility; Parental distress; Parental stress; Treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy*
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder* / therapy
  • Child
  • Disabled Children*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Humans
  • Parents