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Project Title

Project Title

Communication success and AAC: A model of symbol acquisition

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Brady, Nancy

Description

Description

Most children transition from presymbolic (e.g., gestures and vocalizations) to symbolic (e.g., words) communication during the first year of life. The transition into symbolic communication is at risk for many children with developmental delays including autism. When delays persist into preschool ages, children are frequently taught to communicate with some form of augmentative or alternative communication (AAC); however, little evidence exists linking specific child and environmental variables in AAC to communication outcomes. The researchers hope to identify variables that result in improved communication outcomes by prospectively studying 100 young children with developmental disabilities and 20 young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), all of whom will be learning to communicate with AAC. This research is likely to improve assessment and intervention practices for these children by identifying potential predictors of response to AAC interventions.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

343664

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2007-2012

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

Communication success and AAC: A model of symbol acquisition (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Kansas

State/Country

State/Country

Kansas

Project Number

Project Number

5R01DC007684-04

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Communication success and AAC: A model of symbol acquisition | 347412 | 2009 | 5R01DC007684-03
Communication success and AAC: A model of symbol acquisition | 347678 | 2008 | R01DC007684-02
Communication success and AAC: A model of symbol acquisition (supplement) | 174060 | 2009 | 3R01DC007684-03S1

 
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