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Effects of parent-implemented intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders  

This project will directly compare two different interventions in families with a child at risk for developing autism at 18 months of age. The first is a parent-implemented intervention (PII) offered in 3 weekly sessions for 6 months. It will teach parents how to embed strategies to support social communication skills for 25 hours a week within everyday activities. The second is an information, education, and support group (IES) offered twice monthly for 6 months. Specifically, this study will compare the effectiveness of PII and IES; and also to compare the effectiveness of entry in PII at 18 and 24 months of age. This study will document growth trajectories for very young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) receiving a manualized intervention that can be implemented by families. Child development in areas of social communication, adaptive and overall functioning, and specific symptoms of autism will be monitored until the child turns 3 years old. In addition, it will provide information and possibly evidence that supporting intervention beginning at 18 months leads to better outcomes than beginning at 24 months, supporting the need for early autism screening. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Current Award Period 2007-2010
Project Number 1791
Principal Investigator Wetherby, Amy; 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 Florida State University; University of Michigan
State/Country Florida
Web Link 1 Effects of parent-implemented intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Effects of parent-implemented intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders | $254,241.80 | 2009 | 1791