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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Educating Adults about Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (EACA)

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Baker, Cynthia

Description

Description

The purpose of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant is to develop Educating Adults About Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders (EACA), an educational training program for school personnel who regularly interact with children in grades 1 through 5 with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). EACA is an innovative multimedia training program specifically designed to meet the pressing need for educational resources for adults who interact with the growing numbers of children with ASDs entering the public education system. Customized sections for adults in public school settings, such as paraeducators (i.e., personal assistants/one-on-one aides), administrators, bus drivers, and librarians, will effectively engage and train these adults to positively interact with a child with autism, manage problem behaviors, and foster social inclusion in various school settings. Program components will include a training facilitator's guide, participant workbook, and audiovisual program supplement to be used during in-person staff trainings. At the end of the Phase I project, researchers will conduct a pilot study using a randomized experimental/lagged control design with paraeducators to determine acceptability and usability as well as to assess effectiveness in increasing participants' knowledge related to understanding ASDs and promoting positive attitudes toward children with ASDs.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

199995

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2010-2011

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Educating Adults about Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (EACA) (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Dayna International, Inc.

State/Country

State/Country

Maryland

Project Number

Project Number

1R43MH083348-01A2

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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