|Title:||Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA)|
|Principal Investigator:||Odom, Samuel||Awardee:||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill|
|Program:||Special Education Research and Development Centers [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||07/01/2012–06/30/2017||Award Amount:||$9,994,452|
|Goal:||R&D Center||Award Number:||R324C120006|
Purpose: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 88 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is a pervasive disorder affecting multiple developmental outcomes (e.g., behavior, communication, cognitive skills). The heterogeneity of abilities poses a significant challenge for schools in determining how best to meet the needs of each child within the least restrictive environment. The research to date suggests that despite some mitigation in the severity of some symptoms associated with ASD as children grow older, significant limitations persist that can affect a range of outcomes. The focus of this Center is a program of research to develop and evaluate a comprehensive, school-based intervention for secondary students with ASD. The purpose of the intervention is to improve cognitive, communicative, academic, social, behavioral, functional, or transition outcomes of secondary students with ASD.
Projects: The Center's primary research will involve (1) developing a comprehensive school- and community-based treatment model for high school students with ASD, and (2) evaluating the efficacy of the intervention.
Focused Program of Research:
Intervention Development and Pilot Studies
Key Personnel: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Samuel Odom, Kara Hume, Ann Cox, Brian Boyd, Jill Hamm, Michelle Duda, Suzanne Kucharczyk; University of Wisconsin: Leann Smith, Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, Marsha Mailick Seltzer; University of California at Davis: Sally Rogers, Aaron Stabel; University of North Carolina at Charlotte: David Test, Diane Browder-Boswell; Vanderbilt University: Erik Carter; University of Texas at Austin: Sharon Vaughn, Colleen Reutebuch
Center Website: http://csesa.fpg.unc.edu/
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Publications from this project:
Smith, L. E., & Anderson, K. A. (2013). The roles and needs of families of adolescents with ASD. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 115–122.
Carter, E., Common, E., Srekovic, M., Huber, H., Bottema-Beutel, K., Redding Gustafson, J., Dykstra, J., & Hume, K. (2014). Promoting social competence and peer relationships for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 91–101.
Fleury, V., Hedges, S., Hume, K., Browder, D., Thompson, J., Fallin, K., El Zein, F., Reutebuch, C., & Vaughn, S. (2014). Addressing the academic needs of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder in secondary education. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 68–79.
Hume, K. (2014). Introduction to the special issue. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 67.
Hume, K., Boyd, B., Hamm, J., & Kucharczyk, S. (2014). Supporting independence in adolescents on the autism spectrum. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 38–49.
Odom, S. L., Duda, M. A., Kucharczyk, S., Cox, A. W., & Stabel, A. (2014). Applying an implementation science framework for adoption of a comprehensive program for high school students with autism spectrum disorder. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 123–132.
Test, D. W., Smith, L. E., & Carter, E. W. (2014). Equipping youth with autism spectrum disorders for adulthood: Promoting rigor, relevance, and relationships. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 80–90.
Gardner, K., Carter, E. W., Gustafson, J. R., Hochman, J. M., Harvey, M. N., Mullins, T. S., & Fan, H. (in press). Effects of peer networks on the social interactions of high school students with autism spectrum disorders. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities.
Hedges, S. H., Kirby, A. V., Sreckovic, M. A., Pace, S., Kucharczyk, S., & Hume, K. (in press). "Falling through the cracks": Challenges for high school students with autism spectrum disorder. High School Journal.
Hochman, J. M., Carter, E. W., Bottema-Beutel, K, Harvey, M. N., & Gustafson, J. R. (in press). Efficacy of peer networks to increase social connections among high school students with and without autism .Exceptional Children.
Kucharczyk, S., Reutebuch, C. K., Carter, E. W,. Hedges, S., El Zein, F., Fan, H., & Gustafson, J. R. (in press). Addressing the needs of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Considerations and complexities for high school interventions. Exceptional Children.