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Project Title

Project Title

Pivotal response treatment for infants at risk for ASD: A pilot intervention

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Chawarska, Katarzyna

Description

Description

There are very few empirically-supported interventions available for infant siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Sibs-ASD) whom genetic studies reveal are at risk for a variety of developmental challenges, with a significantly increased risk for ASD and other social, cognitive, and language difficulties. This project will pilot a novel behavioral intervention, the Infant-Toddler Years Pivotal Response Treatment (ITY-PRT), designed to enhance the frequency of communication and social engagement in for infant siblings of children with who demonstrate developmental delays at 12-15 months of age. This project will assess the feasibility and efficacy of this early intervention in preparation for larger clinical trials of efficacy. Utilizing a randomized-controlled group design, 30 infant SIBS-ASD who demonstrate significant delays in communication and/or social interaction at 12-15 months of age will be randomly assigned to, over the course of 6 months, receive either ITY-PRT in addition to a standard referral to community treatment. The frequency of child communication, child social interaction behaviors, and parental bids for communication during parent-child interaction probes, as well as changes in standardized measures of development and social behavior will be studied to assess efficacy of this intervention. 

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

83000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2014

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. 4LB. Develop interventions for siblings of people with ASD with the goal of reducing risk recurrence by at least 30% by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $6,700,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Pivotal response treatment for infants at risk for ASD: A pilot intervention (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Yale University

State/Country

State/Country

Connecticut

Project Number

Project Number

1R03MH092617-01A1

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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