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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Phase II. Digital Interactive Scene Program for Language in Autism (DISPL-A)

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Murphy, Terence

Description

Description

Language impairment is a common characteristic of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), commonly affecting the acquisition of more abstract language components (i.e., prepositions, adjectives) and concepts. Research shows that visual supports (images and videos) are an effective language support tool for children with ASD. However, existing visual instruction methods use isolated language elements and do not teach critical contextual relationships (such as generalization) between the real world and language representations. It is proposed that a structured application of video-like scenes and corresponding discrete images could accelerate acquisition of language skills and, by extension, learning by ASD children. The proposed project will test the efficacy of Digital Interactive Scene Program for Language in Autism (DISPL-A) Phase II, which gives teachers the ability, via a web-based authoring environment, to create highly interactive lessons incorporating custom-animated scenes which will help ASD students improve, in progressive fashion, generalization and language skills.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

484483

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2013

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

Phase II. Digital Interactive Scene Program for Language in Autism (DISPL-A) (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Monarch Teaching Technology, Inc.

State/Country

State/Country

Ohio

Project Number

Project Number

2R44DC009970-02A1

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Phase II. Digital interactive scene program for language in autism (DISPL-A) | 236912 | 2012 | 5R44DC009970-03

 
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