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Project Title

Project Title

Neural and behavioral outcomes of social skills groups in children with ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Wang, A. Ting; Soorya, Latha

Description

Description

Profound impairment in social interaction is a hallmark of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Although improvement in social functioning is widely considered to be a crucial target for intervention, social skills treatments for school-age children have been the subject of few controlled investigations. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) social skills groups are commonly used with high functioning children with ASDs; however, the efficacy and durability of these treatments are unknown. Toward this effort, the proposed study is a randomized controlled investigation designed to evaluate short-term effects and maintenance of skills taught in CBT-based social skills groups, at both the behavioral and neural levels. High-functioning children with ASD (8-11 years old) will be randomly assigned to a 12-week cognitive behavioral social skills group or a social play comparison group to control for non-specific therapeutic effects. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans as well as behavioral assessments of social cognition, adaptive functioning, and symptom severity will be acquired at baseline, immediately following treatment, and at a 3-month follow-up. This study should provide much needed information about the short-term efficacy and durability of a CBT approach to social skills treatment, as well as the neural events that accompany and/or predict response to treatment.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

290251

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2009-2011

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. 4SF. Launch five randomized controlled trials of interventions including biological signatures and other measures to predict response, and monitor quality of life and functional outcomes, in each of the following groups:
  • Five trials in infants and toddlers by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $30,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three randomized controlled trials of interventions for school-aged children and/or adolescents by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three trials for adults by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Neural and behavioral outcomes of social skills groups in children with ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

State/Country

State/Country

New York

Project Number

Project Number

5R21MH089236-02

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

Yes

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Neural and behavioral outcomes of social skills groups in children with ASD | 287798 | 2009 | 1R21MH089236-01

 
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