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Software to enrich the noun lexicons and lexical learning of children with autism  

Impaired language is recognized as one of the hallmarks of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Despite extensive incidental exposure to language, many children with ASD have a markedly limited vocabulary and are clearly in need of formal remediation. The objective of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant is to develop a curriculum and prototype software for a research-based vocabulary development program featuring a combined lexical-cognitive approach to noun acquisition. The target population for the curriculum will be children ages 3 to 12 with ASD as well as a broad range of other children with language disorders. The curriculum will focus on helping children to develop the learning processes necessary for efficient lexical acquisition and organization, and on laying the groundwork for a rich and semantically well organized conceptual framework. In Phase I, a subset of the curriculum will be developed and used in field-testing with subjects in the target populations. Data collected will be used to guide Phase II development and field-testing of the full curriculum for efficacy with the target populations specified. This will provide a cost effective means to promote early language and cognitive development in children with ASD as well as a broad range of other children with language disorders. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $191,819.00
Current Award Period 2010-2010
Project Number 1R43DC010957-01
Principal Investigator Wilson, Mary Sweig
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Technology-Based Interventions and Supports
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 Laureate Learning Systems, Inc.
State/Country Vermont
Web Link 1 Software to enrich the noun lexicons and lexical learning of children with autism (External web link)
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History/Related Projects N/A