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  • $2.6 million research grant to further study of autism

  • A new $2.6 million grant will further research by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center focused on how to achieve the best outcomes for children with autism.
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  • A new $2.6 million grant will further research by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center focused on how to achieve the best outcomes for children with autism.


    The National Center for Special Education Research, a division of the Institute for Education Sciences, awarded the grant to Bonnie McBride, Ph.D., an associate professor of pediatrics at the OU College of Medicine, to study a classroom-based treatment intervention.


    “The prevalence of autism is increasing,” McBride said. “There is consensus that early intervention is critical. Children who receive specialized services early have better outcomes.”


    McBride and colleagues, including researchers at the University of Washington, will evaluate the effectiveness of a specific model in preschoolers with autism. The study will involve 60 children in 12 public school classrooms in the Oklahoma City area, as well as in the Seattle area. Results in those children will be compared with 60 children in standard preschool care.


    The four-year project will look at whether 3- and 4-year-olds with autism participating in the project show improvement in cognitive functioning, language, social relatedness and adaptive behavior.
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