Melanie Palmer 1 , , Juan Paris Perez 1 , Joanne Tarver 1 , 2 , Thomas Cawthorne 1 , Margot Frayne 1 , Sophie Webb 3 , Elena Baker 1 , Isabel Yorke 1 , Dale Hay 4 , Vicky Slonims 5 , Andrew Pickles 6 , Emily Simonoff 1 , 7 , Stephen Scott 1 , Tony Charman 3 , 7
30 April 2020
Co-occurring emotional and behavioral problems (EBPs) frequently exist in young autistic children. There is evidence based on parental report that parenting interventions reduce child EBPs. More objective measures of child EBPs should supplement parent reported outcomes in trials. We describe the development of a new measure of child and parenting behavior, the Observation Schedule for Children with Autism–Anxiety, Behaviour and Parenting (OSCA–ABP). Participants were 83 parents/carers and their 4–8-year-old autistic children. The measure demonstrated good variance and potential sensitivity to change. Child and parenting behavior were reliably coded among verbal and minimally verbal children. Associations between reports from other informants and observed behavior showed the measure had sufficient convergent validity. The measure has promise to contribute to research and clinical practice in autism mental health beyond objective measurement in trials.