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Randomized study of training in autism  

Although the focus on early identification efforts in recent years has been effective in sharply increasing the number of children with autism receiving services in schools, those services are of uneven quality, and there is a critical need to improve access to and receipt of high quality early intervention services that are available to all children with autism, regardless of family income, race, or geographic location. The purpose of this study is to examine three types of professional development models of training and compare their effects on child and teacher outcomes. Researchers will follow 25 children whose teachers receive only basic, non-interactive online autism training (placebo-control condition), 25 children whose teachers and parents also receive consultation followed by in-classroom teacher coaching, and 25 children whose teachers and parents receive consultation followed by web- based teacher coaching. Based on preliminary data, the researchers hypothesize that child outcomes will be higher for the two conditions that receive consultation and coaching compared to the placebo-control condition. Results from this comparative effectiveness study will help identify effective training methods for supporting teachers' implementation of evidence-based autism interventions. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $499,996.00
Current Award Period 2009-2011
Project Number 5RC1MH089760-02
Principal Investigator Ruble, Lisa
Received ARRA Funding? Yes
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Subcategory Practitioner Training
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Kentucky
State/Country Kentucky
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History/Related Projects Randomized study of training in autism | $499,999.00 | 2009 | 1RC1MH089760-01