Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder


Our pilot study will address a number of pressing questions, including: Can community clinicians successfully coach parents of children with ASD in evidence-based practice to achieve positive outcomes for their children and themselves? What dose is necessary to achieve change? And what is the cost effectiveness of implementing evidence-based interventions at different doses?

Study summary:

The investigators will partner with 6 of Philadelphias 13 agencies serving young children with ASD. The investigators will enroll 3 clinicians per agency (18 total) and 3 families per clinician (54 total). Agencies will be randomized to the 3 arms. The investigators will measure clinician fidelity and parent fidelity through direct observation and selfreport. The investigators will measure child and parent outcomes at baseline and 6 months using measures common to similar trials. Resource use for the economic evaluation will occur quarterly and will take a societal approach. The investigators will partner with a community advisory board to apply the findings from this pilot trial to the development of a larger, system-wide subsequent trial that is feasible and ecologically valid for Philadelphias EI system. The results will provide rigorous information about whether evidence-based autism interventions for young children can be implemented successfully with the resources available in cities like Philadelphia, the role of hours of treatment in improving child outcomes, and the cost-benefit implications for families and community agencies. This project has the potential to dramatically improve the services families of young children with ASD in Philadelphia receive, and significantly improve their long-term outcomes. This preliminary trial would provide the EI system with the information needed to bring this type of intervention to scale across the entire system. It also would serve as the foundation for an application for federal funds to conduct a system-wide study of Project ImPACT as implemented in all Philadelphia agencies serving children with ASD.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. child is <30 months of age (to receive 6 months of intervention) 2. a classification of autism or high autism risk as determined by the EI system; 3. receive early intervention services through the infant and toddler program; and 4. parent is willing to complete the parent measures that are part of this study. Exclusion Criteria: 1) be over 30 months of age



Primary Contact:

Elena Carranco Chavez, BS
Phone: (267) 574-0231

Backup Contact:

Samantha Crabbe, MSEd
Phone: (215) 573-8025

Location Contact:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
United States

Elena Carranco Chavez, BS
Phone: 267-574-0231

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: June 16, 2021

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