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Project Title

Project Title

Evaluating the efficacy of the school-based Social Competence Intervention for Adolescents (SCI-A) with high functioning autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Stichter, Janine

Description

Description

Youth with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD) exhibit social skills deficits that inhibit their ability to navigate the complex social environment. For example, students with ASD are often unable to pick up nonverbal social cues and social prompts, and tend to display socially unacceptable behavior. Students are described as socially awkward, self-centered, or emotionally blunted. This interferes not only with their ability to succeed in school, but also with their successful transition to adulthood (e.g., employment). Research on existing social skills programs has been somewhat mixed but, in general, concludes that interventions delivered in more natural contexts and environments are associated with stronger maintenance and generalization of social skills. With funding from IES, the research team developed the Social Competence Intervention for Adolescents (SCI-A), a cognitive-behavior intervention approach that targets skills designed to promote self-monitoring and self-evaluation (e.g., recognizing feelings and emotions of self and others). The intervention is also designed to provide effective scaffolded instruction, building upon each skill, with maintenance of learned skills reinforced throughout by the use of repetition, integration, and feedback as new skills are added. SCI-A has demonstrated feasibility of implementation as well as promise for improving student outcomes, but the efficacy of the intervention has not yet been tested.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

808790

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2016

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

Evaluating the efficacy of the school-based Social Competence Intervention for Adolescents (SCI-A) with high functioning autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Missouri

State/Country

State/Country

Missouri

Project Number

Project Number

R324A120027

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Evaluating the efficacy of the school-based Social Competence Intervention for Adolescents (SCI-A) with high functioning autism | 797258 | 2012 | R324A120027
Evaluating the efficacy of the school-based Social Competence Intervention for Adolescents (SCI-A) with high functioning autism | 503866 | 2015 | R324A120027
Evaluating the efficacy of the school-based Social Competence Intervention for Adolescents (SCI-A) with high functioning autism | 787019 | 2013 | R324A120027

 
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