ADAPTING EXISTING CURRICULA FOR PROMOTING SOCIAL AND ADAPTIVE FUNCTIONING IN INDI
Children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFX-ASD) are at heightened risk for a wide range of social relationship problems. Specialists in the field of autism suggest the social skill deficits experienced by people with HFX-ASD are the most difficult aspect of the disorder to overcome. This Phase II project will continue the research and development (RandD) of an innovative social skills training program, entitled liS. S. GRIN-HFA". S.S.GRIN-HFA provides mental health professionals with a un ique multi-modal, multicomponent intervention program to enhance the social competencies and relations of children ages eight through twelve with HFX-ASD. S.S.GRIN-HFA integrates a structured skill-based curriculum with video, graphic materials (workbooks, social stories), and interactive web-based tools that not only target specific skill sets, but also bridge the intervention setting with home efforts to promote social functioning. During Phase II, the training program will be revised and refined based on Phase I results, feedback from the Phase II Advisory Committee, and feedback obtained from school-and community based professionals serving children with HFX-ASD. Once these program modifications are completed, an efficacy test and product evaluation will be conducted with children ages 8-12 with HFX-ASD. When final revisions and modifications to all product materials for the targeted age group are complete, the feasibility of further modifications to program materials (as well as use of existing program m aterials) for older and younger children with HFX-ASD will be investigated. Phase II findings will be shared with professionals through publications and presentations in order to advance the scientific knowledge base regarding effective interventions for c hildren with HFX-ASD as well as to support Phase III commercialization efforts.
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