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Project Title

Project Title

Pivotal response group treatment for parents of young children with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Hardan, Antonio

Description

Description

Rates of autism have increased in the last ten years in the United States with children being diagnosed as young as 18 months of age and an increasing need for services. The goal of this pilot investigation is to conduct a randomized controlled 12-week trial to examine the effectiveness of pivotal response treatment group (PRTG) in targeting language deficits in young children with autism. PRTG will teach parents pivotal response training strategies in a group format and will be compared to parents who are participating in a psychoeducational group (PEG). It is hypothesized that parents participating in PRTG will demonstrate evidence of targeted skills and that their children will show significant benefits in language abilities, relative to those in the PEG. To achieve these goals, fifty-two children with autism (age range: 2-6.11 years) will be recruited to participate in this study and will be randomized according to age, gender, and intensity of behavioral treatment. Twenty-six children will be randomized to the PRTG and twenty-six to the PEG. The PRTG treatment package will include weekly group therapy sessions. The PEG will consist of group educational sessions that will discuss topics related to the assessment and treatment of children with autism. Standardized and video-taped assessments including parent-child interactions will be conducted at baseline, week 6, post-treatment, and three month follow-up and will be rated by a blind investigator. This research will show that parents of children with autism can learn pivotal response training procedures in a group format and their children will benefit with improved language skills. Findings from this study will be instrumental in designing larger trials that will facilitate the dissemination of parent-delivered early interventions to children with autism.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

99883

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2010-2013

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4LD. Support at least five community-based studies that assess the effectiveness of interventions and services in broader community settings by 2015. Such studies may include comparative effectiveness research studies that assess the relative effectiveness of: o Different and/or combined medical, pharmacological, nutritional, behavioral, service-provision, and parent- or caregiver-implemented treatments; o Scalable early intervention programs for implementation in underserved, low-resource, and low-literacy populations; and o Studies of widely used community intervention models for which extensive published data are not available. Outcome measures should include assessment of potential harm as a result of autism treatments, as well as positive outcomes. IACC Recommended Budget: $37,500,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Pivotal response group treatment for parents of young children with autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Stanford University

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

5773

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Pivotal response group treatment for parents of young children with autism | 99996 | 2010 | 5773
Pivotal response group treatment for parents of young children with autism | 0 | 2012 | 5773

 
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