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Developmental and augmented intervention for facilitating expressive language  

Nearly half of all children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are still nonverbal by 9-10 years of age despite access to current community interventions. The proposed study utilizes novel intervention methods to provide skills to help nonverbal children with ASD become more effective communicators. Two approaches will be pursued. The first intervention addresses core deficits of joint attention and joint engagement in facilitating communication and language development in children with autism. The second intervention focuses on joint engagement and the use of an augmentative and alternative communication device. These two approaches are combined with a highly-novel study design that compares the sequence of the two interventions on children's progress in communication and language. Moreover, the research design will allow the investigators to define key factors associated with intervention success, such as the child exhibiting an initial understanding of language and oral-motor abilities. There is a critical need to test the effectiveness of novel interventions for children with ASD who have not shown gains in expressive language through traditional interventions. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $558,000.00
Current Award Period 2009-2011
Project Number 5666
Principal Investigator Kasari, Connie; Kaiser, Ann; Landa, Rebecca; Murphy, Susan
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. 4SG. Support at least five studies on interventions for nonverbal individuals with ASD by 2012. Such studies may include: o Projects examining service-provision models that enhance access to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) supports in both classroom and adult service-provision settings, such as residential service-provision and the impact of such access on quality of life, communication, and behavior; o Studies of novel treatment approaches that facilitate communication skills in individuals who are nonverbal, including the components of effective AAC approaches for specific subpopulations of people with ASD; and o Studies assessing access and use of AAC for children and adults with ASD who have limited or partially limited speech and the impact on functional outcomes and quality of life. IACC Recommended Budget: $3,000,000 over 2 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution University of California, Los Angeles; Vanderbilt University; Kennedy Krieger Institute; University of Michigan
State/Country California;Tennessee; Maryland; Michigan
Web Link 1 Developmental and augmented intervention for facilitating expressive language (External web link)
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New! History/Related Projects Developmental and augmented intervention for facilitating expressive language | $529,577.00 | 2009 | 5666
Developmental and augmented intervention for facilitating expressive language | $600,000.00 | 2008 | 5666