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A randomized controlled trial of two treatments for verbal communication  

This study will examine the relative effectiveness of two communication interventions on the production of speech in 40 preschool children, 3 to 6 years of age, with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who are pre-linguistic, i.e., produce fewer than 10 different words. The two experimental treatments will be added to whatever interventions the child is receiving in the community. The primary aim is to assess the effectiveness of a direct speech-focused treatment versus a naturalistic approach on the production of speech and the adaptive use of verbal communication. The study will also determine the effect of a parent-delivered generalization program on the maintenance of gains of the interventions provided. At the end of the treatment period, the children will be assessed by the number of spoken words and expressive communication level. Further, in an effort to match child traits to the most appropriate treatment approach, the data will be analyzed to determine which child characteristics prior to the intervention are associated with greater gains in either of the two treatments. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $150,000.00
Current Award Period 2007-2010
Project Number 1825
Principal Investigator Paul, Rhea; Volkmar, Fred
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. 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 Yale Child Study Center
State/Country Connecticut
Web Link 1 A randomized controlled trial of two treatments for verbal communication (External web link)
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New! History/Related Projects A randomized controlled trial of two treatments for verbal communication | $0.00 | 2009 | 1825
A randomized controlled trial of two treatments for verbal communication | $150,000.00 | 2008 | 1825