Evaluation of Parent Intervention for Challenging Behaviour in Children with Intellectual Disabilities (EPICC-ID)

Stepping Stones Triple P (SSTP) is an intervention for parents of children with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. It provides parents with information and support about how to manage such behaviours in their child. Previous efficacy trials outside of the UK have found encouraging results that SSTP can reduce challenging behaviour in children with intellectual disabilities.

The EPICC-ID study is evaluating the clinical and cost effectiveness of the SSTP parenting group in pre-school children (aged 30-59 months) with a moderate to severe intellectual disability in the UK. Trained therapists follow a manual and deliver the intervention in groups of 5-7 parents for 5 weeks, followed by 3 individual sessions and a final group meeting. Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of four sites across the UK running the study.

Who can take part?

  • Parents aged18 years or over
  • Child 30 to 59 months old at identification
  • Child has moderate to severe intellectual disability (screened with parent reported Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System (ABAS; General Adaptive Composite 40-69)
  • Parent report of challenging behaviour maintained over no less than 2 months
  • Child must not have sibling enrolled in another parenting study

For more information about the study and how to take part, please click here or contact the research team: Epicc.id.ne@newcastle.ac.uk