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ACE Center: Optimizing social and communication outcomes for toddlers with autism  

This grant provides support for an NIH Autism Center of Excellence (ACE). The proposed research tests a theoretically and empirically derived treatment approach aimed at facilitating change in joint attention interactions between caregivers and their toddlers with autism. The importance of joint attention is underscored by data showing that these skills are important to later development of language. Yet these interactions have rarely been the focus of systematic intervention efforts. Thus, targeting these deficits in developmentally young children using familiar caregivers may result in better language outcomes for these children. Child outcomes will be compared for children whose mothers receive a direct, hands-on joint attention intervention with their toddlers versus mothers who receive parent education about autism and child development. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $292,074.00
Current Award Period 2007-2012
Project Number 5P50HD055784-04
Principal Investigator Kasari, Connie
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? Federal
Institution University of California, Los Angeles
State/Country California
Web Link 1 ACE Center: Optimizing social and communication outcomes for toddlers with autism (External web link)
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New! History/Related Projects ACE Center: Optimizing social and communication outcomes for toddlers with autism | $297,894.00 | 2009 | 5P50HD055784-03
ACE Center: Optimizing social and communication outcomes for toddlers with autism (supplement) | $49,704.00 | 2009 | 3P50HD055784-03S1