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Relational stimulus control management in neurodevelopmental disabilities  

Autism is a disorder characterized by deficits in joint attention, symbolic functioning, and restriction in behavioral repertoires. Using a behavioral strategy called relational stimulus control management, this project will investigate the development of symbolic behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have little or no functional language. This research may lead to teaching interventions in the area of functional communication and to methods that will make positive outcomes of behavior therapy more robust and reliable. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $212,250.00
Current Award Period 2010-2011
Project Number 1R21HD064962-01
Principal Investigator Lionello-Denolf, Karen
Received ARRA Funding? Yes
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? Federal
Institution University of Massachusetts Medical School
State/Country Massachusetts
Web Link 1 Relational stimulus control management in neurodevelopmental disabilities (External web link)
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History/Related Projects N/A