Early Characteristics of Autism
|Autism Autistic Disorder||Behavioral: Intensive behavioral therapy||Phase 1|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||UW STAART Center of Excellence|
- Communication and social behavior scales; an early development interview; observations of parent/child interaction; and neuropsychological, cognitive, and adaptive behavioral measures [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 2 ]
|Study Start Date:||April 2003|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Child participants with autism will undergo intensive behavioral therapy.
Behavioral: Intensive behavioral therapy
Participants will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and will complete various activities to determine brain functioning. In addition, children with autism will take part in intensive behavioral therapy at least 4 hours every day for the duration of the study.
No Intervention: 2
Child participants without autism will receive no treatment and will undergo assessments to determine brain functioning only.
Children with autism often suffer from social, educational, and functional problems. By understanding the social, linguistic, psychological, and physiological differences that distinguish between autistic children, developmentally delayed children, and children with typical development, researchers may be able to recognize autism early in life so that children with autism can be helped as early as possible and their long-term outcome can be improved.
Children in this study will be enrolled for 2 years. They will receive annual evaluations throughout the two-year period. They will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and will complete various activities to determine brain functioning. In addition, children with autism will take part in intensive behavioral therapy at least 4 hours every day for the duration of the study. Communication and social behavior scales, an early development interview, observations of parent/child interaction, and neuropsychological, cognitive, and adaptive behavioral measures will be used to assess participants.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00090415
|United States, Washington|
|University of Washington|
|Seattle, Washington, United States, 98195|
|Principal Investigator:||Elizabeth Aylward, PhD||University of Washington|