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Project Title

Project Title

An evaluation of a behaviorally based social skills group for young children diagnosed with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Leaf, Justin

Description

Description

A deficit in social skills is a hallmark of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); therefore, it is critical that treatment emphasize teaching social skills. Today, there are multiple strategies to teach social skills to individuals with ASD. One procedure is social skills groups (SSG). Social skills groups are opportunities for three or more individuals diagnosed with ASD to come together and learn specific social skills collectively. Researchers have demonstrated that SSG may be beneficial for individuals diagnosed with ASD; however, there remain several concerns that still must be addressed. This project will evaluate a 16 week behaviorally based SSG for young children diagnosed with ASD. Sixteen participants will be selected for the SSG and randomly divided into either a treatment group or a waitlist control group. A pretest-posttest control group design will be utilized to evaluate the overall increases in social behavior in the treatment group and to determine if there are differences between the two groups. Additionally, we will utilize a multiple baseline design across skills and replicated across participants to evaluate increases on specific social behaviors. Both the group and single subject designs will rely on extensive measurement to assess the generalization of skills in natural settings with typically developing peers. Results from this project will answer questions regarding the efficacy of SSG for individuals diagnosed with ASD.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

10000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2014-2015

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

An evaluation of a behaviorally based social skills group for young children diagnosed with autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Autism Partnership Foundation

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

An evaluation of a behaviorally based social skills group for young children diagnosed with autism | 20000 | 2014 |

 
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