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Clinical Trial of a Comprehensive Treatment for High-Functioning Children with ASD

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Technical Report,01 Jul 2018,30 Jun 2019

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Canisius College Buffalo, United States

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The purpose of this RCT is to test the efficacy of an outpatient psychosocial treatment MAXout on the ASD symptoms and social-communicative functioning of 7-12 year olds with HFASD. The treatment targets socialsocial-communication skills, nonliteral language skills, emotion-decoding skills, and interest expansion. Treatment is delivered over 18 weeks two 90 min.sessionswk. with each treatment group consisting of 4 children with HFASD and 2 staff clinicians. Efficacy is assessed immediately following the 18-week treatment and 4-6 weeks post-treatment. Following year 4, significant progress has been made in regard to Major Task 1 RCT objectives which included completion of the following 1 closure of IRB protocol and completion of the regulatory review 2 implementation of the treatment for sampling wave 6 3 completion of pretest, posttest, and follow-up measures for sampling wave 6 4 recruitment and training of staff clinicians and research assistants for waitlist controls sampling wave 6 and 5 implementation of the treatment for waitlist controls sampling wave 6. Progress has also been made for Major Task 2 Data Analysis however the time consuming nature of the coding of the videotaped social interactions hindered completion of the 3 subtasks subtask 1 data compilationquality check subtask 2 data analyses and subtask 3 dissemination all are underway and ongoing. These will be completed during the approved Extension without Funds period.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Psychology

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