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Project Title

Project Title

Effectiveness of a virtual coach application in social skills training for teens with ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Laugeson, Elizabeth

Description

Description

Social and communication deficits appear to be the most prevalent issues for teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), often leading to problems with independence and psychosocial functioning. An evidence-based parent-assisted manualized social skills treatment known as PEERS has shown efficacy in three clinical trials for transitional youth with ASD. Significant improvements were reported in overall social skills, social responsiveness, frequency of peer interactions, empathy, social skills knowledge and use, and decreased loneliness. Previous studies using PEERS utilized parent or teacher coaching to help generalize newly learned social skills to other settings. However, the active use of parents or teachers as coaches creates artificial and possibly stigmatizing and obtrusive social situations that may limit development of real, naturally occurring social relationships with peers. The current proposal seeks to test a novel and innovative social coaching method using widely available technology that will promote social coaching and instruction through virtual means using skills from the PEERS curriculum. This study will test the effectiveness of the PEERS Virtual Coach (VC) mobile application through a randomized controlled trial. Teens in the PEERS VC condition who receive the PEERS intervention in addition to VCing through this interactive visual platform are expected to show greater treatment gains than teens in the PEERS treatment only and delayed treatment control.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2013-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 4LD. Support at least five community-based studies that assess the effectiveness of interventions and services in broader community settings by 2015. Such studies may include comparative effectiveness research studies that assess the relative effectiveness of: o Different and/or combined medical, pharmacological, nutritional, behavioral, service-provision, and parent- or caregiver-implemented treatments; o Scalable early intervention programs for implementation in underserved, low-resource, and low-literacy populations; and o Studies of widely used community intervention models for which extensive published data are not available. Outcome measures should include assessment of potential harm as a result of autism treatments, as well as positive outcomes. IACC Recommended Budget: $37,500,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Effectiveness of a virtual coach application in social skills training for teens with ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of California, Los Angeles

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

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