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The comparison of three behavioral therapy approaches for children with autism  

A core symptom in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is difficulty with social communication. Joint attention, or spontaneously directing others' attention to something of interest, is a key aspect of social communication, and individuals with ASD may not engage in this social behavior as easily as typically-developing individuals. This project will compare the effectiveness of 3 different types of discrete trial training (traditional vs. mastery-interspersed vs. incidental) in terms of speed of acquisition and strength of generalization of joint attention in children with autism. The initial phase of the project will be limited to 9 participants and 9 additional participants will be added during each subsequent phase. The dependent measures include scores on standardized tests administered pre and post-intervention, the percent of correct responses per session and number of trials and sessions required to reach the mastery criteria during the acquisition and generalization phases. At the completion of the second phase of this study (n = 18), a preliminary analysis relating the effectiveness of each type of discrete trial to participant characteristics (test scores and measures of joint attention) will be done in order to address the question of relative effectiveness of trial types. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $50,664.00
Current Award Period 2010-2011
Project Number 5P20RR016457-10
Principal Investigator Quinn, Sheila
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? Federal
Institution University of Rhode Island
State/Country Rhode Island
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