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A randomized controlled trial of two treatments for verbal communication  

This study will examine the relative effectiveness of two communication interventions on the production of speech in 40 preschool children, 3 to 6 years of age, with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who are pre-linguistic, i.e., produce fewer than 10 different words. The two experimental treatments will be added to whatever interventions the child is receiving in the community. The primary aim is to assess the effectiveness of a direct speech-focused treatment versus a naturalistic approach on the production of speech and the adaptive use of verbal communication. The study will also determine the effect of a parent-delivered generalization program on the maintenance of gains of the interventions provided. At the end of the treatment period, the children will be assessed by the number of spoken words and expressive communication level. Further, in an effort to match child traits to the most appropriate treatment approach, the data will be analyzed to determine which child characteristics prior to the intervention are associated with greater gains in either of the two treatments. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Project Number 1825
Principal Investigator Volkmar, Fred; Paul, Rhea
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 Yale Child Study Center
State/Country Connecticut
Web Link 1 A randomized controlled trial of two treatments for verbal communication (External web link)
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New! History/Related Projects A randomized controlled trial of two treatments for verbal communication | $150,000.00 | 2010 | 1825
A randomized controlled trial of two treatments for verbal communication | $150,000.00 | 2008 | 1825