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Enhancing social communication for children with HFA  

Children with high-functioning autism (HFA) have the basic verbal ability for creating a story, but often lack the social understanding that is needed for such a task. Moreover, these children often prefer to play alone since they have difficulty in developing appropriate peer relationships and in interacting socially or emotionally with their peers. Based on Dr. Weiss' previous research, they hypothesize that running a game on a large "table-top" computer with a touch-screen interface (a computer with a display that is the size and orientation of a small table that allows both users to simultaneously interact with it by touch) that requires children to work together, will retain the advantages of working with a computer, yet facilitate an important dimension, namely communication and interaction with others. The main goal of the proposed study is to examine the effectiveness of a short-term intervention using an "enforced collaboration" paradigm to facilitate social-interactive skills among children with HFA compared to a group that has not received this intervention. The second goal is to examine whether children with HFA can apply their newly acquired ability to collaborate in other tasks. The third goal is to examine the effectiveness of the Story Table intervention on children's ability to narrate a story after treatment. Finally, if successful, Dr. Weiss' lab will look at ways to bring these activities to less expensive computing platforms. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $37,828.81
Project Number 2403
Principal Investigator Weiss, Patrice
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Interventions)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. 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.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution University of Haifa
State/Country Israel
Web Link 1 Enhancing social communication for children with HFA (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Enhancing social communication for children with HFA | $37,829.00 | 2010 | 2403
Enhancing social communication for children with HFA | $46,000.00 | 2008 | 2403