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Project Title

Project Title

Development of a social and communication intervention for preschoolers with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Landa, Rebecca

Description

Description

The special educational needs of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are extensive. Educators face practical problems such as targeting the core social and communication deficits of children with ASD in group instructional settings. For example, children with ASD exhibit problems with interpersonal synchrony, which requires socially appropriate initiations and responsivity to others. To address these concerns, there is a need for evidence-based, cost-effective educational and service delivery models to treat these children. The purpose of this research is to develop and document the feasibility and promise of a social and communication curriculum supplement, Early Achievements. This intervention will be adapted for preschoolers from an intervention originally targeting toddlers. The ultimate aim of the project is to develop a preschool supplementary intervention targeting core social and communication deficits of ASD that can be integrated with existing academic curricula throughout the school day. It will include guidelines for intervention materials, activities, and instructional strategies based on Pivotal Response Training paired with strategies that promote interpersonal synchrony and engagement. The research will also examine the feasibility of the intervention, the promise of the intervention for changing instructional practices and child skills, and whether the results are impacted by the inclusiveness of the classroom placement or the severity of the of the child's impairment.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2015

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

Development of a social and communication intervention for preschoolers with autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Kennedy Krieger Institute

State/Country

State/Country

Maryland

Project Number

Project Number

R324A120330

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Development of a social and communication intervention for preschoolers with autism | 499966 | 2012 | R324A120330
Development of a social and communication intervention for preschoolers with autism | 499911 | 2014 | R324A120330
Development of a social and communication intervention for preschoolers with autism | 499938 | 2013 | R324A120330

 
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