|Project Title||Principal Investigator||Institution|
|Building tacting and joint attention skills with the use of an augmentative device||Weiss, Mary Jane||Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey|
|Enhancing social communication for children with HFA||Weiss, Patrice||University of Haifa|
|The effects of a reciprocal questioning intervention on the reading comprehension and social communication of students with autism spectrum disorder||Whalon, Kelly||The College of William and Mary|
|Transporting evidence-based practices from the academy to the community: School-based CBT for children with ASD||Wood, Jeffrey||University of California, Los Angeles|
|IACC Strategic Plan Objective||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||Total|
|Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. |
IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years
|4.S.C. Funding: The recommended budget was partially met. |
Progress: Several projects were funded in this area, but more work is needed, as this is an area of significant public interest.
Remaining Gaps, Needs, and Opportunities: Experts discussed the best balance between developing new treatments and testing current treatments that lack evidence, especially when funds are limited and conclusive clinical trials are expensive. The group noted that interventions for minimally verbal children are needed; some projects on assistive communication technologies, robotics and speech processing technology to assist with social communication training are funded, but more are needed. There are other projects related to minimally verbal autism in objective 4.S.G. Small pilot studies on nutritional therapies (i.e., GFCF diet studies) have been conducted with inconclusive outcomes, demonstrating the necessity for further exploration of nutritional interventions. Future emphasis on scientific investment in sensory integration and assisted technologies is needed.