Skip to content
Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)
Autism Research Database
Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC)
 
Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Treatment of Encopresis in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Call, Nathan; Lomas Mevers, Joanna; Mcelhanon, Barbara

Description

Description

A large percentage of individuals with ASD are delayed in achieving continence with bowel movements or never achieve it at all (i.e., they meet criteria for encopresis). This problem has tremendous ramifications for these individuals and their families because encopresis restricts them from integration with peers, limits access to educational opportunities, and carries significant social stigma. Previous interventions for encopresis in this population have either been unsuccessful or required implementation over very long periods. We propose to study a novel interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of encopresis that capitalizes upon our research group’s expertise in behavioral psychology and gastroenterology. Over-the-counter medications are employed to elicit predictable bowel movements, which in turn make it possible to use behavioral strategies to reinforce continence. Independence is increased by fading out the use of medications and training caregivers to implement all procedures. In this study we will demonstrate the efficacy of this approach with 20 individuals with ASD and encopresis within a randomized trial with a waitlist control. We will also demonstrate the feasibility of conducting a randomized trial of this intervention so that these results can be facilitated further study of this serious problem.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

30000

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

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4LC. Conduct at least one study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of medications commonly used in the treatment of co-occurring conditions or specific behavioral issues in people with ASD by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $10,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Treatment of Encopresis in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Marcus Autism Center

State/Country

State/Country

Georgia

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

 
Back to Top