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Project Title

Project Title

Kit for Kids evaluation project: An initial evaluation of evidence-based peer education materials

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Campbell, Jonathan

Description

Description

Despite increasing numbers of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) being educated alongside typically developing peers, peers’ attitudes towards students with ASD are often negative. The Kit for Kids (KfK) was developed by the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) in order to provide evidence-based educational messages to peers to improve peers’ knowledge, initial attitudes, and behavior towards students with ASD. The proposed research aims to conduct an initial evaluation of (a) the usability of the KfK materials in classrooms, (b) the efficacy of the KfK materials in improving peers’ attitudes and behavioral intentions towards an unfamiliar student with autism, and (c) the usefulness of the KfK materials for a small number of students with ASD in authentic general education settings. The research plan will consist of three phases: (a) Phase I will consist of a small feasibility study conducted with four classrooms, (b) Phase II will consist of a larger analogue study conducted with approximately 40 classrooms, and (c) Phase III will consist of a small effectiveness study with approximately four students with ASD. Data collection will occur across two sites and qualitative (Phase I) and quantitative analyses (Phases II and III) will be utilized in the research plan.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2013-2014

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. 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

Kit for Kids evaluation project: An initial evaluation of evidence-based peer education materials (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Kentucky

State/Country

State/Country

Kentucky

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Kit for Kids evaluation project: An initial evaluation of evidence-based peer education materials | 9984 | 2014 |
Kit for Kids evaluation project: An initial evaluation of evidence-based peer education materials | 20000 | 2013 |

 
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