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Project Title

Project Title

Using Peer Models in the Context of Small-Group Direct Instruction to Teach Social and Academic Skills to Children with Autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Ledford, Jennifer

Description

Description

The Principal Investigator (PI) will further develop skills conducting single-case design research on children with autism while conducting a series of studies using this population and methodology. The research goals are to modify a small group intervention with peer models and examine its impact on academic and social skills. An intervention for children with autism will be modified, refined, and pilot tested using a series of single-case design studies. The intervention is a small-group direct instruction (SGDI) with systematic response prompting and typically developing peer models to teach children with autism social and academic skills. Evidence exists that this intervention is effective for preschool children, but the intervention will be modified for different populations of children and different implementers. The PI will conduct a series of single-case design studies beginning with implementation by the research team and moving to implementation by classroom teachers in order to examine implementation feasibility, modifications to the SGDI, and impacts of the intervention on teaching behavior and student academic and social outcomes. More specifically, the PI will examine whether the SGDI techniques are effective for teaching elementary as well as preschool students, with a focus on students with autism; whether these techniques can be used to teach targeted academic and social skills that can generalize to other settings; and whether teachers or other classroom personnel can implement these procedures with fidelity.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

90592

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2013-2017

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

Using Peer Models in the Context of Small-Group Direct Instruction to Teach Social and Academic Skills to Children with Autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Vanderbilt University

State/Country

State/Country

Tennessee

Project Number

Project Number

R324B130029

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Using Peer Models in the Context of Small-Group Direct Instruction to Teach Social and Academic Skills to Children with Autism | 185042 | 2014 | R324B130029
Using Peer Models in the Context of Small-Group Direct Instruction to Teach Social and Academic Skills to Children with Autism | 0 | 2013 | R324B130029

 
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