Autism Pilot Study Awards


  • The Structure of ASD Clinic-Based Instruments: An Innovative Approach


    This project addresses the 2017’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee strategic plan goal that is related to the improvement and or validation of existing and new tools and methods for detecting ASD.

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  • Development and Evaluation of Body-Worn Sensors to Identify Functions of Stereotypical Behaviors for Children with Autism


    This proposal brings together autism and engineering researchers to develop and pilot test an innovative FBA data collection system for treatment of stereotypical behaviors of children with ASD.

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  • Missed Early Diagnosis of Autism Related to Non-Attended Well-Child Checks in Virginia’s Rural Children


    Despite known benefits of early autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis, little research has evaluated why some children are diagnosed as early as two years old, while others do not get diagnosed until they start kindergarten.

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  • Parent-Child Brain Synchrony in Autism Spectrum Disorders


    The goal of this research to develop metrics that relate brain-synchrony to social engagement in autistic children, with a long-term goal of determining whether brain synchrony can serve as a physiological cue to enhance social engagement in individuals with ASD.

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  • Math Talk


    This project focuses on developing and testing an innovative mathematics intervention for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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  • Therapeutic and Diagnostic Potential of Targeting MicroRNAs in Autism


    In this research study, we will further define the microRNA expression signature in the mouse fetal brains and will ask how the altered microRNAs dysregulate development of the fetal brain.

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  • Current Behaviors and Barriers/Facilitators to Physical Activity and Nutrition in Young Adult Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parent Perspectives


    The purpose of this study is to survey a large national sample of parents to examine current physical activity and eating patterns along with perceived facilitators and barriers of physical activity and eating habits of parents and their adult children with ASD. The data will be used to create parent-friendly and practical interventions to help parents and caregivers to get young adults with ASD to be more physically active and eat more nutritiously.

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  • Early development of social communication and reading in individuals with autism


    This study investigates the relationship among early reading, oral language, and social attention and cognition variables in young children with higher-functioning autism. Data will be used to develop early reading and social communication interventions for children with ASD.

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  • Developing a multimedia professional development process for teachers of students with ASD


    Educators and parents of individuals with autism need of evidence-based practices to guide their support of students.  However, it is often the case that they have to wade through mountains of questionable practices to find content and materials supported by scientific research.  In this project, researchers will distill content from the federally-funded Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) as a guide to develop and test a new set of multimedia professional development modules that are intended to provide fast, but powerful introduction to key practices. 

     
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  • Microglial P2Y12R in Autism Spectrum Disorder Behaviors


    One of the known features of autistic patients is an improperly regulated immune system. This projects will investigate the role for P2Y12R, which is a protein on the predominant immune cell of the brain (the microglia). The role for this receptor in mice behavior and the function of neurons will be investigated as a prelude to study the role of the receptor in human ASD patients.

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