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Replication of the The Multi-Media Social Skills Project for Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified January 2017 by Michael Murray, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01836965
First Posted: April 22, 2013
Last Update Posted: January 23, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Michael Murray, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  Purpose
The objective of this study is to validate a social skills training program manual for adolescents (ages 13-17) with Asperger's Syndrome or high functioning autism. Approximately 150 adolescents with autism spectrum disorders will participate in this study, in groups consisting of 6 adolescents and 6 peer volunteers. Participants will participate in both group therapy and peer generalization sessions (in the form of a photography class) once a week over the course of twelve weeks. Participants and their parents will complete paper and pencil, online, or phone measures and video-recordings to assess the participant's social skills prior to the intervention, at completion of the intervention and three months later.

Condition Intervention
Autism Spectrum Disorders Behavioral: Social Skills Intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Replication of the The Multi-Media Social Skills Project for Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Further study details as provided by Michael Murray, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from Baseline Social Responsiveness Scale Score after Intervention [ Time Frame: One Week Post-Intervention ]
    The Social Responsiveness Scale is a 65 - item survey designed to measure social competence.

  • Video recording of Social Interaction [ Time Frame: One Week Post-Intervention ]
    Participants will be filmed in a brief interaction with a typically developing peer which will be coded to obtain social interaction skills and fluency scores.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from Baseline Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) after Intervention [ Time Frame: One Week Post-Intervention ]
    The SDQ is a 25 item survey that asks about positive and negative attributes.

  • Change from Baseline Loneliness Scale after Intervention [ Time Frame: One Week Post Intervention ]
    The Loneliness Scale is a 24-item survey that assesses social and emotional loneliness.

  • Change from Baseline Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children after Intervention [ Time Frame: One Week Post-Intervention ]
    The MASC is a 39-item survey that assesses anxiety symptoms in children.

  • Change from Baseline Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (parent form)after Intervention [ Time Frame: One Week Post-Intervention ]
    The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire is a 25 item survey that asks about positive and negative attributes.

  • Change from Baseline Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire at 3 month Follow Up [ Time Frame: 3 Month Follow Up ]
  • Change from Baseline Loneliness Scale at 3-month Follow Up [ Time Frame: 3 Month Follow Up ]
  • Change from Baseline Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children at 3 month Follow Up [ Time Frame: 3 Month Follow Up ]
  • Change from Baseline Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (parent form)at 3 Month Follow Up [ Time Frame: 3 Month Follow Up ]

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: March 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Social Skills Intervention
The intervention is a 12-week social skills training program that will consist of a 90 minute group therapy session followed by a 90 minute peer generalization session (in the form of a photography class with typically developing peers) meeting once per week. Each cohort will consist of 6 adolescents with Aspergers or high-functioning autism, who will be joined by 6 typically-developing peers for the photography class. During the group therapy session adolescents will discuss and watch video clips addressing social skills topics relevant to their age group. They will have a chance to practice these skills when paired with a typically developing peer for the photography class.
Behavioral: Social Skills Intervention
Twelve week manual based social skills curriculum targeting social fluency and responsiveness.

Detailed Description:
This study is a pre-test, post-test single group design with post test measures at one week after completion of intervention and follow-up at three months. Approximately 300 adolescents will participate in this study. The study will be conducted in ten cohorts of 12. Each cohort will have 6 participants and 6 adolescent volunteers (peers). Cohorts will be run in a time sequential manner with up to four cohorts running at a time. Participants and their parents will complete pre-test measures including both paper and pencil, online, or phone measures and a video-recording to assess the participant's social interaction skills and fluency. These adolescents will participate in both group therapy and peer generalization sessions once a week over the course of twelve weeks. Upon completion of the intervention, participants and parents will complete paper and pencil, online, or phone measures and video post-test measures. Participants will be encouraged to participate in a follow-up session where the paper and pencil and video measures will be completed again.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Between 13 and 17 years of age
  • Must be a Pennsylvania resident
  • A primary diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism, as confirmed by the Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD; Mayes, 2012)
  • English as primary language spoken
  • Ability to fluently speak in full sentences
  • A verbal IQ of 85 or above on the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition(KBIT-2; Kaufman & Kaufman, 1990)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • A significant language delay
  • Difficulty with aggression directed at peers
  • A primary thought disorder
  • A secondary disorder of anxiety or depression so severe as to prevent the individual's participation in the treatment
  • Low social motivation demonstrated through formalized assessment and/or by responses given to screening interviews assessing treatment goals
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01836965


Contacts
Contact: Michael Klemick, B.S. 717-531-0003 ext 284923 mklemick@hmc.psu.edu

Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
Penn State Hershey Psychiatry Clinic Recruiting
Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, 17033
Contact: Krina Durica, B.S.    717-531-0003 ext 286286    kdurica@hmc.psu.edu   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Michael Murray, MD Penn State College of Medicine
  More Information

Responsible Party: Michael Murray, MD, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01836965     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 42565EP
First Submitted: March 28, 2013
First Posted: April 22, 2013
Last Update Posted: January 23, 2017
Last Verified: January 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Michael Murray, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:
Aspergers
Social Skills
Adolescents
High-functioning Autism

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Pathologic Processes
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders