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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Developing a Sensitive, Cost Effective Measure of Behavior Change in Children with ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Grzadzinski, Rebecca

Description

Description

There is a need for valid, unbiased treatment response measures for ASD , as studies report improvements even in control conditions and results are confounded by the reliance on parent/clinician reports. To address this need, the Brief Observation of Social Communication Change (BOSCC) is being developed which is a coding scheme that is sensitive to subtle changes in ASD features. The BOSCC, currently applicable for minimally verbal toddlers, measures behaviors during videotaped play interactions with a parent or clinician. The BOSCC has shown promising preliminary results although further validation is needed. This project aims 1) to compare BOSCC results to clinicians’ impressions of improvement, 2) to determine the BOSCC’s utility when applied to segments of ADOS administrations, and 3) to expand the BOSCC to older, verbally fluent individuals. The BOSCC has the potential to provide an effective measure of change in ASD symptoms, enabling researchers to better identify efficacious interventions, tailor treatments, and, ultimately, improve the lives of persons with ASD.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

30000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2015-2017

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1LC. Identify and develop measures to assess at least three "continuous dimensions" (e.g., social reciprocity, communication disorders, and repetitive/restrictive behaviors) of ASD symptoms and severity that can be used by practitioners and/or families to assess response to intervention for people with ASD across the lifespan by 2016. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,500,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Developing a Sensitive, Cost Effective Measure of Behavior Change in Children with ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Columbia University

State/Country

State/Country

New York

Project Number

Project Number

9650

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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