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Project Title

Project Title

Parent-implemented social-pragmatic communication intervention for young children with developmental disabilities

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Angell, Maureen

Description

Description

Many young children who have been identified with developmental disabilities including mental retardation, Down syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders, exhibit speech-language delays along with other impairments inherent in their diagnosed disabilities. Various interventions cited in the literature target the communicative and social behavior of school-aged children with developmental delays; however, there is limited information about these types of interventions for very young children with delays. Given that there are about one million infants and children through age five receiving early intervention and early childhood special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, and that the number of young children identified with autism spectrum disorders is rising, there is a clear need to develop interventions that can be used with this age group. The purpose of this project is to develop and document the feasibility of an intervention to improve the social-pragmatic communication skills of young children with developmental delays. Social-pragmatic communication skills involve the ability to interpret and send appropriate verbal and nonverbal messages (e.g., eye contact, facial expressions, and body language) for successful communication exchanges in social environments. This intervention will be naturalistic, using the social context of naturally occurring interactions within everyday family activities. Because individuals with developmental delays often exhibit difficulty with generalization, strategies that promote skill generalization to untrained settings, people, and conditions (e.g., beyond the home) will be targeted.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2009-2013

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. 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

Parent-implemented social-pragmatic communication intervention for young children with developmental disabilities (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Illinois State University

State/Country

State/Country

Illinois

Project Number

Project Number

R324A090005

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Parent-implemented social-pragmatic communication intervention for young children with developmental disabilities | 282246 | 2010 | R324A090005
Parent-implemented social-pragmatic communication intervention for young children with developmental disabilities | 302254 | 2011 | R324A090005
Parent-implemented social-pragmatic communication intervention for young children with developmental disabilities | 0 | 2014 | R324A090005
Parent-implemented social-pragmatic communication intervention for young children with developmental disabilities | 0 | 2013 | R324A090005

 
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