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SkillTalk: Using Streaming Video for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Build Microskills to Develop and Sustain Relationships for Healthy and Independent Living.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: Administration for Community Living
Contract: 90BISA0037
Agency Tracking Number: 90BISA0037
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIDILRR
Solicitation Number: HHS-2020-ACL-NIDILRR-BISA-0376
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
100 Enterprise Way D305.
Scotts Valley, CA 95018
United States
DUNS: 079336099
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Regina Firpo-Triplett, MPH, MCHES
 (831) 440-2162
Business Contact
 Regina Firpo-Triplett, MPH, MCHES
Title: CEO
Phone: (831) 440-2162
Research Institution

This SBIR project develops and tests SkillTalk, a prototype video-delivered microskills training program to improve relationship skills among transition-age adults between 18 and 28 years with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Microskills such as showing empathy, active listening, and open-ended questioning can help build relationships. During Phase I, this project (1) conducts formative research with transition-aged adults with ASD; (2) develops content for two relationship skillsets and 20 corresponding microskills training; (3) produces training videos approximately 30 to 120 seconds in length; and (4) develops and evaluates a prototype of the SkillTalk platform. Projected outcomes include the successful development of the SkillTalk platform that provides individuals with ASD the skills to increase community involvement, form successful friendships and romantic relationships among their peers, and ultimately improve mental health outcomes and quality of life. This project is conducted in partnership with experts in ASD relationships and sexuality as well as youth with lived experience.

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