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Project Title

Project Title

Deployment focused model of JASPER for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Kasari, Connie

Description

Description

Children with autism have difficulty in social communication skills, particularly joint attention and play skills. Joint attention refers to the ability of the child to share attention with another person around an event or a toy. Play skills are often limited for children with autism with less ability to engage in social and symbolic play. Interventions can improve these core problems, and improvement can lead to better language outcomes. However, these interventions are often carried out by expert research staff, and are less often evident in community preschools where children with autism spend the most time. Thus, the goal of this project is to deploy effective interventions for core symptoms of autism into community based preschool programs. A second goal of the project is to use community partnered participatory research practices to create a sustainable intervention in community preschools that largely serve underrepresented children with autism. Goals of the project are to determine if the intervention results in teachers delivering a greater dose of social communication curricula and if the children develop better social, communication and language outcomes. Participants in this project will include 60 teachers and 60 children with ASD randomly selected from preschool classrooms in the Los Angeles Unified School District, an urban district where three quarters of children are Hispanic, and less than ten percent are White. Interventions will be delivered to half of the sample first using a randomized wait list control design. Interventions will be implemented for three months, and children and teachers will be followed up in another three months to determine how effective the intervention is for teacher and child outcomes. This project addresses multiple priority areas of Autism Speaks including deployment of effective interventions into underserved communities, and a focus on core symptoms. The results of this intervention could have far reaching effects on community interventions and potential outcomes for children with autism.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

288364

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2014

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

Deployment focused model of JASPER for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of California, Los Angeles

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

7495

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Deployment focused model of JASPER for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders | 150000 | 2011 | 7495
Deployment focused model of JASPER for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders | 0 | 2012 | 7495
Deployment focused model of JASPER for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders | 0 | 2014 | 7495
Deployment focused model of JASPER for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders | 0 | 2015 | 7495

 
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