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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Teaching Core Skills: Evaluating a Targeted Curriculum

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Dickson, Chata

Description

Description

A within-subject multiple baseline probe design across skills was used to evaluate the efficacy of lesson plans designed for teaching foundational skills. 19 students at a behavior-analytic school for children with autism served as participants. Three skills were selected for each participant from the New England Center for Children-Core Skills Assessment (NECC-CSA), and corresponding lesson plans were sourced from the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia® (ACE). Lesson plans specified teaching formats (e.g., discrete trials, task analysis), contexts (location and stimuli), and steps for implementing and fading prompts. Weekly probe sessions were conducted over approximately 15 weeks. Daily teaching sessions for the 3 skills began in weeks 2, 6, and 10. Performance improved in 2 or 3 skills for 16 participants. These results demonstrate the efficacy of the teaching strategies employed and the study serves as a potential model for experimental evaluation of curricula. Approaches for troubleshooting areas of slow progress are discussed. Presented at ABAI-Kyoto 2015, ABAI 2016.

Funder

Funder

The New England Center for Children

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

1795

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2014-2016

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

No link available.

Institution

Institution

New England Center for Children (NECC)

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Teaching Core Skills: Evaluating a Targeted Curriculum | 1750 | 2014 |

 
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