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Supporting teens with autism on relationships  

The purpose of this Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant is to develop and evaluate the Supporting Teens with Autism on Relationships (STAR) program, formerly Relationship Education for Parents of Children with Autism (REPCA). STAR is an innovative, skill-building resource that adapts empirically-based education approaches and interventions for parents of children and teens, ages 10-18, who have high functioning autism (HFA) or Asperger syndrome (AS). A key component is a series of interactive DVDs for teens with HFA or AS to use on their own to engage and educate them on relationship skills and dating. Building on the results of the Phase I pilot study, Phase II will entail the following specific aims: 1) Conduct formative research to inform the new interactive DVD content for teens with HFA/AS. Researchers will solicit information through focus groups with professionals, parents of teens with HFA/AS, and teens with HFA/AS. In addition, researchers will conduct a needs assessment survey with our expert Advisory Panel; 2) Complete STAR parent's curriculum content for the five remaining chapters and activities for the parent's guide, facilitator's guide, and filming of the parent video scenarios for each of these chapters; 3) Develop and program content for the interactive DVDs; and 4) Conduct an extensive outcome evaluation with parents and adolescents with HFA/AS. This product will be relevant to the public health of the community for its potential to increase the knowledge of parents of children with HFA/AS about relationships in the context of HFA/AS; teach these parents how to communicate about relationships with their child; teach teens with HFA/AS concrete skills needed for developing relationships, as well as provide an opportunity for them to practice these skills; and supply advocates with a tool to help to educate parents of children with HFA/AS about relationships and intimacy in the context of HFA/AS. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $450,000.00
Current Award Period 2010-2013
Project Number 2R44MH078462-02A2
Principal Investigator Baker, Cynthia
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 6: What Does the Future Hold, Particularly for Adults? (Lifespan)
Subcategory N/A
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 6LA. Develop at least two individualized community-based interventions that improve quality of life or health outcomes for the spectrum of adults with ASD by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $12,900,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Dayna International, Inc.
State/Country Maryland
Web Link 1 Supporting teens with autism on relationships (External web link)
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