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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Comprehensive Communication Intervention for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Kaiser, Ann

Description

Description

Training needs and current practice were measured from the field at large to guide curriculum development via Qualtrics survey, pre- and post-training, and follow up 4-6 months after training. A 12-month follow-up is currently underway. Results showed that prior to the training, less than 10% of Early Intervention, Pediatrics, and Preschool service providers had any formal training in autism screening. About 20% were conducting autism screening with the M-CHAT, with 55% using only broad developmental measures, typically the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Follow up measures matched to workshop participants showed significant increases in screening for autism in children <36 months (p=.05) and in discussing autism with parents (p-.01). The proportion of workshop participants who now use the M-CHAT increased significantly (p=.001) to 42%, with 78% using the follow up interview (compared to 29% before the workshop).

Funder

Funder

Health Resources and Services Administration

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

299922

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2014-2016

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. 4SG. Support at least five studies on interventions for nonverbal individuals with ASD by 2012. Such studies may include: o Projects examining service-provision models that enhance access to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) supports in both classroom and adult service-provision settings, such as residential service-provision and the impact of such access on quality of life, communication, and behavior; o Studies of novel treatment approaches that facilitate communication skills in individuals who are nonverbal, including the components of effective AAC approaches for specific subpopulations of people with ASD; and o Studies assessing access and use of AAC for children and adults with ASD who have limited or partially limited speech and the impact on functional outcomes and quality of life. IACC Recommended Budget: $3,000,000 over 2 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Comprehensive Communication Intervention for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Vanderbilt University

State/Country

State/Country

Tennessee

Project Number

Project Number

R40MC27707

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Comprehensive Communication Intervention for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism | 299068 | 2015 | R40MC27707

 
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