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Project Title

Project Title

A multi-site clinical randomized trial of the Hanen More Than Words Intervention

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Carter, Alice

Description

Description

This group will investigate whether an established intervention, Hanen's More than Words program, is effective in toddlers who have been identified as "at risk" for later diagnosis of autism. The More than Words Program is group-based and provides support, education, and practical skills for parents of children at risk for autism spectrum disorders. Parents are taught to motivate their child to communicate; follow their child's lead; create structured, fun, and predictable games that provide opportunities to reward successful conversational turn-taking; and adjust the way they speak to make it easier for their children to understand their language. Although there is considerable variability in the services available across the regions from which participants will be drawn (Boston, Nashville, and Miami), the multi-site collaboration will support the usefulness of this program in a variety of environments in a standardized way and allow for more children to be enrolled in intervention trials at these sites. The program builds on the premise that family factors, including parenting practices that enhance the child's linguistic competence, may be important predictors of long-term outcomes for children with a variety of disabilities. The investigators will be looking at whether or not this intervention strategy improves outcomes on child social communication, behavior problems, as well as parenting stress.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2007-2010

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. 4SD. Complete two multi-site randomized controlled trials of comprehensive early intervention that address core symptoms, family functioning and community involvement by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $16,700,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

A multi-site clinical randomized trial of the Hanen More Than Words Intervention (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Massachusetts Boston

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

1718

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

A multi-site clinical randomized trial of the Hanen More Than Words Intervention | 340001 | 2009 | 1718
A multi-site clinical randomized trial of the Hanen More Than Words intervention | 400000 | 2008 | 1718

 
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