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Project Title

Project Title

Optimizing initial communication for children with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

McIlvane, William

Description

Description

The primary focus of this research is development of foundations for effective communication in children with little or no functional language due to autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders. The specific emphasis is on methods to support learning of effective looking and listening skills in such children to make outcomes of communication therapy more robust and reliable, and to reach children who currently make little or no progress in communication therapy. An international partnership with researchers in Brazil who are pursuing directly related research will also be developed. Results of these studies will have significance for clinical intervention with children who show deficits in acquiring symbolic relations, particularly those children who are or who may become candidates for augmentative/alternative communication training.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

348461

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. 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

Optimizing initial communication for children with autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Massachusetts Medical School

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

5R01MH090272-02

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Optimizing initial communication for children with autism | 356014 | 2011 | 1R01MH090272-01A1

 
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