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Project Title

Project Title

Improving social-communication and engagement of elementary students with autism spectrum disorders

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Dykstra, Jessica

Description

Description

With the rising prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), school programs are in need of evidence-based interventions to target core deficits in this growing population of children. Social-communication and engagement are key areas of need for children with ASD. These pivotal skills have been shown to positively impact development in other areas such as peer relationships, language abilities, and academic abilities. However, there are few interventions designed to address social-communication and engagement in school-age children with ASD with the most significant needs. The Advancing Social-Communication and Play (ASAP) intervention was designed for public preschools, and shows promise as an effective intervention. The proposed study will extend the existing research by looking at the impact of the ASAP intervention on school-age children with ASD, and the feasibility of the ASAP intervention in elementary schools. The study will use a multiple baseline, single case design across four children with emerging communication skills to examine the impact of ASAP on children’s social-communication and engagement in the classroom. The feasibility of the intervention will be assessed using teacher questionnaires and interviews. The proposed study will provide valuable data on the effect of the ASAP intervention on school-age children, an understudied population. The study will also offer important information on adapting interventions for elementary school settings.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

10000

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

Improving social-communication and engagement of elementary students with autism spectrum disorders (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of North Carolina

State/Country

State/Country

North Carolina

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Improving Social-Communication and Engagement of Elementary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders | 20000 | 2013 |
Improving social-communication and engagement of elementary students with autism spectrum disorders | 0 | 2014 |

 
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