Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often demonstrate behavioral difficulties such as aggression, self-injurious behavior, irritability, and noncompliance. Some research indicates that approximately one in four children with ASD also meet full diagnostic criteria for a disruptive behavior disorder such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).
Since untreated behavioral problems in children with ASD can lead to difficulties at home and in the classroom, with social relationships, or recognizing success with other ASD treatments (e.g., speech therapy), early identification and intervention of the behavioral challenges is important.
Research has shown the behavioral parent training programs, such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), are effective in managing a range of difficult behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorders.
Several BCSC clinicians have a strong background in working with children with ASD and their families. Dr. Masse is a widely recognized expert in the child mental health field on the topic of applying PCIT with ASD populations. He has co-authored a number of scientific articles and chapters, delivers invited local and national presentations, and consults with and trains Boston-area clinics and PCIT therapists across the globe.