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Project Title

Project Title

Embodied rhythm interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Bhat, Anjana

Description

Description

Children with autism often receive music-based interventions to improve social communication and motor skills. However, there is little evidence to support their use. This project will develop a novel rhythm intervention based on joint action, rhythmic movement synchronization, and music making. Low-functioning children with autism between 4 to 10 years of age will be randomly assigned to a rhythm intervention or stationary play/control group. Each group will receive 40 training sessions over 8 weeks (5 sessions per week). Expert trainers provide training for 2 sessions per week and parents provide training for 3 sessions per week. Pretest and posttest measures will be obtained before and after training for standardized tests of Joint Attention (JA), turn taking, imitation, praxis, coordination and balance. Video data and eye tracking data will also be obtained during pre and posttests of synchrony during walking, marching, clapping, and drumming motions. Children with autism are expected to demonstrate improved social performance such as rates of JA bids, rates of turn taking, and duration of verbalization, as well as motor performance such as rhythmic action praxis, motor coordination, and movement synchrony with the other participating child. Therefore, this project has the potential to achieve the goal of examining multisystem effects of a novel embodied rhythm intervention on the social communication and motor skills of children with autism.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2015

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Embodied rhythm interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Connecticut

State/Country

State/Country

Connecticut

Project Number

Project Number

8137

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

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