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Project Title

Project Title

LEAP–USA follow-up project

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Strain, Phillip

Description

Description

According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is increasingly becoming a public health crisis with a prevalence that has reached 1 in 110. To provide early intervention, LEAP–USA was developed as a comprehensive intervention model for preschool children with autism. Based on inclusion with typically developing peers, it aims to provide intervention and early education for young children with autism in a manner that does not tax school systems' limited resources. The first randomized controlled trial (RCT) of LEAP has recently been completed, comparing the full-scale model with training to a reduced one. The evaluation demonstrated positive impacts in the areas of child cognition, language, social skills, and symptom severity. The purpose of the current project is to follow these same children who participated in the original RCT over the next three years. The researchers will examine whether: a) the gains demonstrated in the previous evaluation continue to manifest themselves; b) positive impacts are found in additional areas (classroom placement, academic achievement, use of supportive services); and c) contemporaneous classroom quality is related to student outcomes. The researchers will recruit the children who participated in the classrooms of the original RCT. Data on child developmental outcomes (direct assessments, teacher rating scale) will be collected longitudinally at the start of the study and at the end of each of the three school years. Data on child outcomes in the educational system (classification, classroom placement, services received) will also be obtained annually. Observational data on classroom quality will be collected three times each school year. Products from this project will include published reports and presentations on the efficacy of the LEAP intervention for preschoolers with autism over time through early elementary school.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

398834

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2014

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. 4SD. Complete two multi-site randomized controlled trials of comprehensive early intervention that address core symptoms, family functioning and community involvement by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $16,700,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

LEAP–USA follow-up project (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Colorado Denver

State/Country

State/Country

Colorado

Project Number

Project Number

R324A110246

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

LEAP–USA follow-up project | 399864 | 2012 | R324A110246
LEAP–USA follow-up project | 0 | 2015 | R324A110246
LEAP–USA follow-up project | 0 | 2014 | R324A110246
LEAP–USA follow-up project | 1 | 2013 | R324A110246

 
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