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Child-initiated communicative interactions and autism intervention  

Literature and clinical research suggest that improvements in communicative initiations are associated with widespread improvements in communication and in related core symptoms of autism (communicative, social, and behavioral domains) as well as in generalized improvements in the condition of autism as a whole. However, some preliminary research must be done before large scale randomized clinical trials can be conducted in this area. This study addresses these needs by using a manualized language intervention to attempt to show that improvements in communicative initiations can be measured in generalized socially significant contexts and that measureable collateral gains in related core symptoms of autism will occur. The changes from pre- to post-intervention will be calculated on all measures and a growth curve analysis will be conducted by collecting measures every two months. Additionally, the results from the experimental group will be compared with a comparison group of children who receive treatment as usual, focusing on communicative responsiveness rather than on communicative initiations. Overall, the proposed project will examine specific intervention components during language intervention and social communication. Project Status
NEW

2009

Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $322,692.00
Project Number 1R34DC010924-01
Principal Investigator Koegel, Robert
Received ARRA Funding? Yes
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1LB. Develop at least five measures of behavioral and/or biological heterogeneity in children or adults with ASD, beyond variation in intellectual disability, that clearly relate to etiology and risk, treatment response and/or outcome by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $71,100,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of California, Santa Barbara
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Child-initiated communicative interactions and autism intervention (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
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New! History/Related Projects Child-initiated communicative interactions and autism intervention | $321,056.00 | 2010 | 5R34DC010924-02
Child-initiated communicative interactions and autism intervention (supplement) | $95,687.00 | 2010 | 3R34DC010924-01S1