Last updated on July 2019

Teaching Academic Success Skills to Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders in Clinical Setting


Brief description of study

The goal of the study is to develop an academic EF intervention, Teaching Academic Skills to Kids (TASK), for high functioning (i.e., IQ score 80) middle-school youth with ASD and EF deficits.

Aim 1: Use focus group methodology and advice from expert consultants to develop the TASK intervention targeting academic EF skills for middle school youth with ASD that is tailored to the unique needs of these individuals (e.g., content specific to ASD EF deficits, incorporate evidence-based teaching principles and methods for ASD).

Aim 2: Examine the feasibility and acceptability of TASK in 3 open trials to assess initial feasibility and efficacy.

Detailed Study Description

The goal of the study is to develop an academic EF intervention, Teaching Academic Skills to Kids (TASK), for high functioning (i.e., IQ score 80) middle-school youth with ASD and EF deficits.

Aim 1: Develop the TASK intervention targeting academic EF skills for middle school youth with ASD that is tailored to the unique needs of these individuals (e.g., content specific to ASD EF deficits, incorporate evidence-based teaching principles and methods for ASD). A methodologically rigorous, well-integrated iterative and collaborative design process with input from multiple stakeholders, including school mental health professionals, teachers, parents, and youth with ASD, will be utilized.

Aim 2: Examine the feasibility and acceptability of TASK in 3 open trials including the feasibility of: 1) implementing the measurement protocol, 2) operationalizing intervention delivery, 3) assessing both trained and untrained areas of functioning, 4) assessing whether improvements in academic EF skills (proposed mechanism of treatment) are related to functional educational outcomes (e.g., homework behaviors, grades), and 5) exploring the data for potential treatment moderators (e.g., gender, severity). It is hypothesized that TASK will be feasible, acceptable (attendance, satisfaction), and will result in improved academic EF skills associated with reduced academic impairment and homework problems.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03606343

Recruitment Status: Closed


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