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Implementing evidence-based social skills interventions in public school settings  

Several successful social skills interventions for children with autism have been developed for use in school settings. Children who receive these interventions from a research team show marked improvements in friendships and playground behavior, but these gains usually fail to maintain because the school staff do not continue the intervention after the research study ends. In this study, we will modify one of these social skills interventions that was designed for skilled clinicians to use so that it can be used by school aides to improve the social involvement of children with ASD in schools. We then will test the intervention to see whether the intervention is as successful when aides deliver it. Training aides will increase children's opportunities to practice social skills with their peers at school and increase opportunities for generalization and maintenance of skills, since aides are so frequently present during social periods such as recess and lunch. If successful, this project will provide school districts with a cost-effective, easily implemented, and sustainable program that improves socialization in children with ASD within school settings. Once aides are trained, schools will have a built-in mechanism for continued success that will help many children with ASD and their families address the social challenges associated with ASD. Project Status


Funder Autism Science Foundation
Fiscal Year Funding $40,000.00
Current Award Period 2010-2011
Project Number n/a
Principal Investigator Locke, Jill
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Educational
Strategic Plan Objective New! Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 4LD. Support at least five community-based studies that assess the effectiveness of interventions and services in broader community settings by 2015. Such studies may include comparative effectiveness research studies that assess the relative effectiveness of: o Different and/or combined medical, pharmacological, nutritional, behavioral, service-provision, and parent- or caregiver-implemented treatments; o Scalable early intervention programs for implementation in underserved, low-resource, and low-literacy populations; and o Studies of widely used community intervention models for which extensive published data are not available. Outcome measures should include assessment of potential harm as a result of autism treatments, as well as positive outcomes. IACC Recommended Budget: $37,500,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
State/Country Pennsylvania
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