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Project Title

Project Title

Comprehensive parent-mediated intervention for children with autism in southern Taiwan

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Lee, Li-Ching

Description

Description

Research evidence shows that timely access to early intervention is associated with positive cognitive, adaptive behavior, and language outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Pingtung is the most southern county of Taiwan and is one of the lowest socioeconomic stats (SES) regions in the country. No health care or education programs are available to provide diagnoses, treatment, or intervention for children with ASD or other behavior problems in Pingtung as there are no clinicians who specialize specifically in developmental disabilities, including ASD, nor are there available intervention programs for families after their child is diagnosed with ASD. Thus, there is a pressing need to provide families who reside in Pingtung and have a child with ASD a feasible and low-cost intervention. Due to a lack of existing infrastructure and no available resources to deliver a clinic-based or school-based intervention for autism, in-home parent-mediated intervention and behavioral management are particularly suitable for families who have a child with autism in Pingtung. Training families is a practical option as compared to establishing ongoing programs in clinics or schools, given space limitations and the large expense of running an ongoing program at local facilities. Furthermore, clinic- or school-based interventions would be unrealistic given the size of the county - a large number of programs would have to be established throughout a large area so families in need who do not have the resources to travel long distances could benefit from the program. This project will continue the collaborative effort between the Johns Hopkins University, Kaohsiung Medical University and the Calo Hospital from the team's Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Taiwan (funded by Autism Speaks). The overall objective is to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive and culturally sensitive ASD intervention that will be carried out by parents at home for their child diagnosed with autism. By having parents act as the therapist who implements the intervention, barriers to access will be overcome in this underserved population. If successful, this program could become a model for populations in other regions of Taiwan, or other Asian countries that share a similar cultural background, on how to efficiently and effectively provide an evidence-based behavioral intervention that will improve the health and well-being of children and their families who are affected by ASD.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

100000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2014

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. 4SD. Complete two multi-site randomized controlled trials of comprehensive early intervention that address core symptoms, family functioning and community involvement by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $16,700,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Comprehensive parent-mediated intervention for children with autism in southern Taiwan (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Johns Hopkins University

State/Country

State/Country

Maryland

Project Number

Project Number

7772

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Comprehensive parent-mediated intervention for children with autism in southern Taiwan | 100000 | 2012 | 7772
Comprehensive parent-mediated intervention for children with autism in southern Taiwan | 0 | 2014 | 7772

 
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