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Project Title

Project Title

Evaluation of a comprehensive community-based intervention for toddlers with ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

McBride, Bonnie; Schwartz, Ilene

Description

Description

Prevalence rates for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have risen dramatically in recent years and children are being identified earlier (i.e., under the age of 3). This has placed pressure on state early intervention systems to serve young children with ASD. However there are few treatment models available that are both feasible across different types of community settings and have demonstrated effectiveness. The overarching purpose of the current project is to conduct a randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a previously developed and pilot-tested model for very young children with ASD called Project DATA (Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism)–Toddler. The major goals will be to examine whether children receiving this intervention show greater gains in cognitive functioning, language, social relatedness, and adaptive behavior; whether parents of these children demonstrate gains in recommended parenting strategies and decreased stress; and whether the intervention is acceptable in terms of general satisfaction and ability to work effectively within the context of different cultures. The ultimate aim of the research is to enable feasible and beneficial community-based services for toddlers with ASD. Project Activities: In this study, each child and their caregiver(s) will be randomly assigned to either the experimental condition (DATA–Toddler) or a comparison condition (standard care). After an intensive week-long training for the interventionist, follow up monitoring (fidelity checks) is scheduled weekly for the first four weeks to ensure appropriate implementation. Child assessments and parent reports will be administered pre-intervention and quarterly thereafter, including measures of symptoms, cognitive functioning, language, problem behavior, social behavior, engagement, and parent and family stress. Measures of adaptive behavior, family routines, and received child services will be collected at baseline and post-treatment. Products: Products from this project will include published reports and presentations on the efficacy of DATA–Toddler.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

728423

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2015

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. 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

Evaluation of a comprehensive community-based intervention for toddlers with ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; University of Washington

State/Country

State/Country

Oklahoma

Project Number

Project Number

R324A110353

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Evaluation of a comprehensive community-based intervention for toddlers with ASD | 701785 | 2011 | R324A110353
Evaluation of a comprehensive community-based intervention for toddlers with ASD | 707793 | 2012 | R324A110353
Evaluation of a comprehensive community-based intervention for toddlers with ASD | 0 | 2015 | R324A110353
Evaluation of a comprehensive community-based intervention for toddlers with ASD | 749952 | 2014 | R324A110353

 
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