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Los Angeles, California 90095


This study will determine whether peer interaction training interventions are effective in enhancing the social relationships of children with autism.

Study summary:

Children with autism often have poor relationships with other children during their childhood and through their adult lives. A number of peer-related intervention models have been developed, but these models have not been thoroughly reviewed or implemented within the school setting. This study will examine the social inclusion of children with autism, following different peer-related interventions training children with autism and their peers. Children will be randomly assigned to one of four interventions that comprise all autistic children, all nonautistic children, or a mixed group of both. The first intervention focuses on improving the social skills of autistic children. The second intervention involves educating the peers of autistic children to increase their acceptance of their autistic peers. The third intervention is a combination of the first two interventions. Children assigned to the fourth intervention will receive the usual training offered in their local school districts. Training for each group will be conducted twice a week for 6 weeks. Characteristics of the autistic child will be assessed through an interview that evaluates intelligence quotient (IQ), language skills, and social interaction. Teachers will be asked to complete a questionnaire describing the autistic child and his or her interaction with peers. The autistic children will complete a friendship survey, clinical global impressions scales, and a battery of neuropsychiatric tests. All assessments will be conducted at study start and again at study completion.


Inclusion Criteria for Autistic and Nonautistic Participants: - Autistic OR nonautistic peer of autistic child - Full inclusion in a classroom with nonautistic children - Currently in kindergarten or grades 1 through 5 - Intelligence quotient higher than 70 - Expectation to stay in the same school and classroom for the duration of the study - Able to provide parent consent and child assent Exclusion Criteria: - Mental age-equivalent less than 4 years - Conditions other than autism, or sensory or motor impairments



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Marian Sigman
University of California, Los Angeles

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Location Contact:

Los Angeles, California 90095
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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