The Joint Attention Mediated Learning Intervention for Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Families project is being conducted at three sites: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Indiana University, and University of Kansas. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, and the Principal Investigator is Dr. Hannah Schertz at Indiana University.
Across the four years of the project, the FPG site will recruit 42 families to participate in the study. For these families, we will conduct pretest, posttest, and follow-up assessments as well as gather video data on parent-child engagement in joint attention during play sessions within the home. Families and toddlers with ASD will be randomly assigned to JAML treatment and control groups, and the intervention coordinator will make weekly home visits to implement the JAML intervention for a 32-week period. Also, at the FPG site, project staff will establish a data center, receive assessment and other outcome information from other sites, and conduct statistical analyses as dictated by the project design and research questions.