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Do animations facilitate symbol understanding in children with autism?  

This project investigates the use of animation to facilitate the understanding of graphic symbols for verbs and prepositions in children with autism and/or pervasive developmental disorders — not otherwise specified, and if so, which animated graphic set is most effective. This project designed two studies involving the widely used Picture Communication Symbols (PCS), and the newly designed ALP Animated Graphics Set to gather benchmark data on the effects of animations versus static images for verbs and prepositions in preschoolers without disabilities across three age groups. Guessability and ease of identification are monitored as outcomes. Additionally, investigators assess the preferences of children with autism and their parents for both symbol format (animated, static) and symbol type (ALP, PCS) to determine the social validity of these symbols. Study results contribute to evidence-based knowledge on (1) symbol selection, (2) rehabilitation technology infusion, (3) improving existing symbols, and (4) enabling future preference-enhanced intervention research. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $199,996.00
Current Award Period 2010-2013
Project Number H133G100187
Principal Investigator Schlosser, Ralf
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? Federal
Institution Northeastern University
State/Country Massachusetts
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