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Project Title

Project Title

On Target for Life: An Executive Function Independence Skill Intervention for Adolescents with ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Strang, John; Kenworthy, Lauren

Description

Description

There is a critical need for ASD interventions targeting executive function (EF) skills, higher-order cognitive abilities including flexibility, goal setting, planning, organization, big picture thinking, and task completion. EF deficits are profound in ASD, and related to significantly reduced ability to function, and ultimately live, independently. Our lab, in collaboration with students with ASD, their parents and teachers, created “On Target for Life” (OTFL), a school based EF intervention for adolescents with ASD. OTFL is an upward extension of our research proven EF intervention for younger children with ASD (“Unstuck and On Target” ), and employs a range of research based intervention/generalization techniques specifically designed to optimize learning in adolescents. We will conduct a randomized comparative effectiveness trial of OTFL and a comparison social skills intervention in the Fairfax County Public Schools. Assessment will use our lab’s established methods for measuring EF in ASD, including measures that were sensitive to intervention in our randomized comparative effectiveness trial of UOT. Our primary goal is to provide a research-proven EF intervention for immediate use in public and private school settings, so as to reach the broadest number of adolescents with ASD. We will also use the data for an NIH application (and similar grant mechanisms) to study the longitudinal impact of EF intervention in adolescence, as well as predictors of response.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

20000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2015-2016

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

On Target for Life: An Executive Function Independence Skill Intervention for Adolescents with ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Children's Research Institute (CRI)

State/Country

State/Country

District of Columbia

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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