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Early intervention in an underserved population  

The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased dramatically in recent years, with recent data reporting one out of every 150 children being affected (CDC MMWR, 2007). Although our understanding of the cause, course, and prognosis of ASD has developed greatly in past decades, there has been a significant lack of research focusing on sociodemographic factors that may influence rates of identification and subsequent treatment. This is of particular concern because significant social disparities in autism services have been identified (Mandell, et al., 2009). Families of racial/ethnic minority, lower levels of education, and those who live in non-metropolitan areas experience greater limitations in accessing services for ASD (Thomas, Ellis, McLaurin, Daniels, & Morrissey, 2007). The purpose of the proposed project is to expand, adapt, and evaluate a modified version of an early intervention working with caregivers from a low-income, underserved population. This study proposes a randomized group crossover experimental design with 60 children randomly assigned to receive either a caregiver-implemented intervention or community support. The study aims 1) to compare of the effectiveness of the two treatment conditions on outcome measures of social communication skills, autism symptoms, developmental levels, and adaptive behavior; 2) to identify specific child and family characteristics that predict response to intervention, as well as providing a preliminary examination of how factors at the caregiver level mediate child outcome measures; and 3) to test the overall applicability of the early intervention in the targeted population. The study will begin to investigate moderating and mediating factors of service utilization, satisfaction, and adherences. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $73,763.00
Current Award Period 2010-2013
Project Number 5766
Principal Investigator Lord, Catherine
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Behavioral
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 Michigan
State/Country Michigan
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