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Developmental and augmented intervention for facilitating expressive language  

Nearly half of all children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are still nonverbal by 9-10 years of age despite access to current community interventions. The proposed study utilizes novel intervention methods to provide skills to help nonverbal children with ASD become more effective communicators. Two approaches will be pursued. The first intervention addresses core deficits of joint attention and joint engagement in facilitating communication and language development in children with autism. The second intervention focuses on joint engagement and the use of an augmentative and alternative communication device. These two approaches are combined with a highly-novel study design that compares the sequence of the two interventions on children's progress in communication and language. Moreover, the research design will allow the investigators to define key factors associated with intervention success, such as the child exhibiting an initial understanding of language and oral-motor abilities. There is a critical need to test the effectiveness of novel interventions for children with ASD who have not shown gains in expressive language through traditional interventions. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $529,577.00
Project Number 5666
Principal Investigator Kasari, Connie; Kaiser, Ann; Landa, Rebecca; Murphy, Susan
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Interventions)
Strategic Plan Objective New! Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SF. Launch five randomized controlled trials of interventions including biological signatures and other measures to predict response, and monitor quality of life and functional outcomes, in each of the following groups:
  • Five trials in infants and toddlers by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $30,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three randomized controlled trials of interventions for school-aged children and/or adolescents by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three trials for adults by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution University of California, Los Angeles; Vanderbilt University; Kennedy Krieger Institute; University of Michigan
State/Country Michigan
Web Link 1 Developmental and augmented intervention for facilitating expressive language (External web link)
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New! History/Related Projects Developmental and augmented intervention for facilitating expressive language | $558,000.00 | 2010 | 5666
Developmental and augmented intervention for facilitating expressive language | $600,000.00 | 2008 | 5666