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Project Title

Project Title

Making words meet: Using computerized feedback to facilitate word combinations in children with ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

DeThorne, Laura

Description

Description

The goal of this interdisciplinary study is to examine the use of a novel treatment (i.e., computerized feedback) to facilitate speech production in children with ASD. Communication difficulties represent a core feature of ASD, but literature documenting the effectiveness of speech therapy in this population is sparse. The study hypothesizes that visual feedback provides an effective means to facilitate speech in children with ASD and to this end have developed software that visually depicts meaningful aspects of voice production (e.g., loudness, pitch, and turn-taking) on a computer screen. The study expands this technology to graphically represent individual syllables and examines its influence on multisyllabic speech production in a planned group design of 18 children with ASD who are randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (a) speech intervention with computerized feedback, (b) speech intervention with traditional feedback using a pacing board, and (c) social skills intervention without an explicit focus on speech. With support from the National Science Foundation, the research team is developing computer software that will provide real-time visual feedback in response to speech production, thereby allowing children with ASD to see meaningful differences in their own speech and the speech being modeled for them. The effects of the computerized and traditional speech interventions on children's spoken language will be compared to the effects of a general social skills intervention that is intended to be beneficial but not focus on speech production explicitly.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

89518

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2010-2012

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. 4SG. Support at least five studies on interventions for nonverbal individuals with ASD by 2012. Such studies may include: o Projects examining service-provision models that enhance access to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) supports in both classroom and adult service-provision settings, such as residential service-provision and the impact of such access on quality of life, communication, and behavior; o Studies of novel treatment approaches that facilitate communication skills in individuals who are nonverbal, including the components of effective AAC approaches for specific subpopulations of people with ASD; and o Studies assessing access and use of AAC for children and adults with ASD who have limited or partially limited speech and the impact on functional outcomes and quality of life. IACC Recommended Budget: $3,000,000 over 2 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Making words meet: Using computerized feedback to facilitate word combinations in children with ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

State/Country

State/Country

Illinois

Project Number

Project Number

5744

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Making words meet: Using computerized feedback to facilitate word combinations in children with ASD | 89132 | 2011 | 5744
Making words meet: Using computerized feedback to facilitate word combinations in children with ASD | 0 | 2012 | 5744

 
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