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Project Title

Project Title

Handheld Techonology for Speech Development in Students with Autism spectrum Disorders

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Tedesco, Robert

Description

Description

This project will develop a tool for special education speech language providers (SLPs) and caregivers to support kindergarten through grade 12 students who exhibit prosodic speech challenges, including students with ASD and students with specific speech language disorders, hearing impairments, or intellectual disabilities. During Phase I in 2012, the researchers developed a prototype of the intervention with feedback from speech language pathologists and special education practitioners. Ten speech language providers (SLPs) each providing services to 4 students participated in the Phase I pilot study. The team found that the prototype functioned as intended, and users reported the tool can be used to support students with speech related deficiencies. In Phase II, the team will strengthen the product's usability and accessibility, and will add new features as requested by users, including visual checklists and training materials. Once development is complete, the team will carry out a pilot study to test the usability and feasibility, the fidelity of implementation, and the promise of the tool to improve speech. The pilot study sample will include 20 SLPs working with 4 to 8 students with a diagnosis of ASD and who have prosodic deficits. Half of the students for each SLP will be randomly assigned to use SpeechPrompts, and the other half of the other students will receive the business as usual treatment from the SLP. The study will compare pre and post scores on both standardized and researcher generated speech-related outcome measures for both groups.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2013-2015

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

Handheld Techonology for Speech Development in Students with Autism spectrum Disorders (External web link)

Institution

Institution

HandHold Adaptive, LLC

State/Country

State/Country

Connecticut

Project Number

Project Number

contract

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Handheld Techonology for Speech Development in Students with Autism spectrum Disorders | 0 | 2014 | contract
Handheld Techonology for Speech Development in Students with Autism spectrum Disorders | 899857 | 2013 | contract

 
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