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Integrated play groups: Promoting social communication and symbolic play with peers across settings in children with autism  

The Integrated Play Groups Model (IPG) is an intervention designed to promote social development in children with autism while building relationships with typical peers. IPGs also may have positive effects on the unaffected children participating by increasing sensitivity and acceptance towards autism. In this study, the effectiveness of IPG in developing social skills in autistic children and in raising awareness of autism in typical peers will be evaluated. Dr. Wolfberg and colleagues will examine whether 30 autistic children participating in a 24-week IPG program show greater improvements in play, social, and communication behaviors than a control group who do not participate, and whether these improvements remain stable over time. Behavioral improvement will be evaluated by observation and parent ratings. As well, researchers will conduct clinical interviews with the non-autistic peer participants in the IPGs to examine changes in their understanding of autism and social inclusion of their autistic peers. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $127,497.00
Current Award Period 2008-2011
Project Number 2886
Principal Investigator Wolfberg, Pamela
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Behavioral
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 4SF. Launch five randomized controlled trials of interventions including biological signatures and other measures to predict response, and monitor quality of life and functional outcomes, in each of the following groups:
  • Five trials in infants and toddlers by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $30,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three randomized controlled trials of interventions for school-aged children and/or adolescents by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three trials for adults by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution San Francisco State University
State/Country California
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