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Neural and behavioral outcomes of social skills groups in children with ASD  

Profound impairment in social interaction is a hallmark of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Although improvement in social functioning is widely considered to be a crucial target for intervention, social skills treatments for school-age children have been the subject of few controlled investigations. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) social skills groups are commonly used with high functioning children with ASDs; however, the efficacy and durability of these treatments are unknown. Toward this effort, the proposed study is a randomized controlled investigation designed to evaluate short-term effects and maintenance of skills taught in CBT-based social skills groups, at both the behavioral and neural levels. High-functioning children with ASD (8-11 years old) will be randomly assigned to a 12-week cognitive behavioral social skills group or a social play comparison group to control for non-specific therapeutic effects. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans as well as behavioral assessments of social cognition, adaptive functioning, and symptom severity will be acquired at baseline, immediately following treatment, and at a 3-month follow-up. This study should provide much needed information about the short-term efficacy and durability of a CBT approach to social skills treatment, as well as the neural events that accompany and/or predict response to treatment. Project Status
NEW

2009

Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $287,798.00
Project Number 1R21MH089236-01
Principal Investigator Wang, A. Ting
Received ARRA Funding? Yes
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? Federal
Institution Mount Sinai School of Medicine
State/Country New York
Web Link 1 Neural and behavioral outcomes of social skills groups in children with ASD (External web link)
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