Improving Attention Skills of Children With Autism
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00065910|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 5, 2003
Last Update Posted : July 2, 2007
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Autism||Behavioral: Caregiver joint attention intervention||Phase 1 Phase 2|
Young children with autism show impairment in joint attention. The impairment affects their ability to sustain a shared interest in social interaction and to use specific joint attention skills, such as pointing and showing. The importance of joint attention is underscored by data suggesting these skills are important to later language skills. Targeting joint attention deficits in developmentally young children using familiar caregivers may result in better child language outcomes. This study will teach caregivers how to initiate and maintain episodes of joint engagement with their children.
Participants will be randomized to either the intervention group or to a wait list control group. Each caregiver and child in the intervention group will participate in 24 1-hour sessions, 3 times a week for 8 weeks. In these sessions, caregivers will be taught 10 different modules for teaching joint attention skills to their children. Outcome measures will include language and joint attention skills in the child and caregiver adherence to the intervention protocols. Children and caregivers will be assessed at baseline, during the course of the 8-week intervention, and 10 weeks after the end of the intervention. Participants assigned to the wait list group will begin the intervention at Week 12.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||30 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Crossover Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||A Joint Attention Intervention With Caregivers and Their Children With Autism|
|Study Start Date :||September 2001|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||January 2006|
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00065910
|United States, California|
|University of California, Los Angeles|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095|
|Principal Investigator:||Connie Kasari, PhD||University of California, Los Angelos|