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Project Title

Project Title

Randomized clinical trial of mind reading and in vivo rehearsal for children with HFASDs

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Thomeer, Marcus

Description

Description

Children with high-functioning ASDs (HFASDs) are characterized by core impairments in social-communication including deficits in recognition (decoding) and display (encoding) of facial and vocal emotions and expressions. The purpose of this randomized clinical trial is to evaluate the efficacy of an innovative multi-component manualized treatment on the emotion recognition skills and autism features of 7-12 year old children with HFASDs. Treatment is administered during 24 90-minute sessions (over 3 months) and active components include an interactive emotion-recognition software program (Mind Reading; MR), in vivo rehearsal trials, and a structured behavioral reinforcement system. Each treatment session is manualized to ensure implementation is standardized, participants meet time parameters using and accessing areas of MR, content is prescribed, and fidelity is monitored and maintained. Outcome measures consist of a direct child measure of emotion recognition skills, a parent rating scale assessing child emotion recognition and display skills, a parent rating scale assessing autism features, and parent and child satisfaction surveys. A 1-2 month follow-up is used to assess skill generalization and maintenance.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

20000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2012

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. 4SF. Launch randomized controlled trials of interventions including biological signatures and other measures to predict response, and monitor quality of life and functional outcomes in each of the following groups: o Five trials in infants and toddlers by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $30,000,000 over 5 years. o Three trials in school-aged children and/or adolescents by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years. o Three trials in adults by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Randomized clinical trial of mind reading and in vivo rehearsal for children with HFASDs (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Canisius College

State/Country

State/Country

New York

Project Number

Project Number

N/A

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Randomized clinical trial of mind reading and in vivo rehearsal for children with HFASDs | 10000 | 2011 | N/A

 
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