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Advancing Social-communication and Play (ASAP): An Intervention Program for Preschoolers with Autism

The primary aim of the Advancing Social-communication And Play (ASAP) intervention is to promote the social-communication and play skills of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) being served in public preschool programs. The ASAP grant project was a four-year, multisite study funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education was to exam … Continued

Promoting ASAP Collaboration through Technology (PACT): An Intervention Modification to Enhance Home-School Collaboration

The overall purpose of this Goal 2: Development and Innovation project is to enhance the existing Advancing Social-communication and Play (ASAP) intervention through development of a technologically supported system of home-school collaboration. ASAP was originally designed as a classroom-based intervention, in which the educational teams serving preschool-aged children with auti … Continued

Testing Novel Measures of Community Function and Participation in Adults with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common cause of physical disability in children, impacting approximately 1 in 500 young Australians and 2-3 in 1,000 young Americans. Most of these children live to within five years of a typical lifespan, depending on the severity of the disorder. However, after age 21 when they exit the school systems, the availability and accessibility of formal … Continued

Examining the relationship between accessibility to resources, service use, and community function in adults with ASD

The objective of this pilot study is to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) approach to understand how population density and accessibility to community resources relates to service use, social participation, and functional outcomes in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Examining the impact of accessibility on community function outcomes may highlight discrepancies … Continued

Examining person and environment factors associated with community participation for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This study combines innovative Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) measures to describe real-time community integration activities of adults with ASD living with family or in a group home, and investigates critical person and environmental factors associated with participation. These results will be combined with adult outcome survey data to ex … Continued

Written Language Problems in MIddle School Students: A randomized Trial of thE SRSD Approach Using a Tier 2 Intervention Model

RFA Goal: Efficacy and Replication Purpose: The primary purpose of this project is to establish a stronger scientific foundation for educational practice within the writing domain by utilizing recent advances in cognitive science to examine: (1) the impact of the evidence-based Self-Director Strategy Development (SRSD) model on the written expression of middle school children at- … Continued

A Multilinguistic Analysis of Spelling Errors among Children with Hearing Loss

Children with hearing loss face a variety of developmental challenges in the domains of language and literacy, including spelling. The purpose of the proposed study is to investigate the impact of linguistic sources of knowledge on spelling among children with hearing loss, utilizing a multilinguistic analytic approach that reflects recent theoretical and empirical understandings … Continued

Autism Spectrum Disorder State Implementation Project

The goal of this project is to increase the collaboration among public and private agencies in the state of North Carolina in order to improve screening, assessment, diagnosis, and early intervention for children suspected of ASD ages birth to 5.

North Carolina Child Development Survey Cohort 2 (FYI 3.1)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is not formally diagnosed before a child is 2-3 years old, but research has identified a wide array of atypical behaviors that can be seen in infants who will eventually receive a diagnosis. We developed a parent-report survey called the First Year Inventory to identify these pre-diagnostic behaviors in 1-year-olds, collected a large sample of norma … Continued

Patterns and Variations in Emergency Department Visits for U.S. Children with Autism: A Rural-Urban Comparison

This proposed research addresses HRSA-MCH’s priority interest in health services utilization among children with autism and rural-urban differences. A recent study indicated that children with autism were more likely to visit an emergency department (ED) for psychiatric problems compared to children who don’t have autism. However, no research has explored how rural-urban differen … Continued