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Project Title

Project Title

Adapting an Evidence-Based Program for Infants and Toddlers at High Risk for Autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Stahmer, Aubyn

Description

Description

The purpose of this project is to adapt an evidence-based practice for infants and toddlers (aged 12–24 months) at risk for ASD and their families. The proposed study builds directly on the promising results of a pilot study in which a parent-implemented program originally targeted for preschoolers called Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism (TSC) was selected in collaboration with community stakeholders to address the needs of infants and toddlers at risk for ASD. This study will focus on specific adaptations identified during the pilot that will be needed to meet the needs of early intervention agencies, as well as infants and toddlers and their families (e.g., enhancing provider coaching and support, revising the manual to be more developmentally appropriate). The researchers will use an existing community collaborative structure to adapt TSC for use in early intervention agencies serving young children at risk for ASD. There will be three phases of the proposed research. In Phase 1, a qualitative focus group approach will be used to obtain a comprehensive understanding of how different providers and parents use, modify, and apply TSC with infants and toddlers and their families and to examine additional support that might be needed for ongoing implementation. During Phase 2, information from Phase 1 will be used to adapt TSC supports to enhance sustainability. A toddler TSC manual and accompanying supports will be developed using an iterative process of community testing and feedback. Finally, in Phase 3 of the project, the research team will conduct a community-based pilot study of the training plan and the adapted TSC program in terms of fidelity, feasibility, and promise for change in child outcomes.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

410911

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2013-2016

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

Adapting an Evidence-Based Program for Infants and Toddlers at High Risk for Autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of California, San Diego

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

R324A140004

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Adapting an Evidence-Based Program for Infants and Toddlers at High Risk for Autism | 312778 | 2014 | R324A140004
Adapting an Evidence-Based Program for Infants and Toddlers at High Risk for Autism | 364194 | 2013 | R324A140004

 
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