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Autism clinical trials at UC Davis
4 research studies open to eligible people

  • A Study of Telehealth Intervention for Caregivers of Infants With Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder

    “We hope to learn how to support families concerned with their infants’ development.”

    open to eligible people ages 5 months to 12 months

    Caregiver coaching will be provided using telehealth technology, in order to determine the efficacy and effectiveness of the telehealth medium of intervention delivery for caregivers of infants with concern for ASD.

    Sacramento, California

  • MIND THE GAP

    “Are you interested in receiving information and educational materials about autism and the service system?”

    open to eligible people ages 2 years and up

    There has been a lack of research on the unique needs of families with autism in the African-American and Latino communities. The process of screening, evaluation and treatment for children with autism can be long and arduous, especially in these communities. This often means that the best interventions for children with autism are not reaching minority communities. For many families, the complexity of the services system leads to a long wait after the initial diagnosis before accessing intervention. This means that the children have delayed access to treatment. Mind the Gap is a study that seeks to provide immediate and culturally appropriate support for families who have just received diagnosis but have yet to receive treatment. This support will be provided in families' native languages and, through the use of phone and video sessions, can accommodate busy schedules. Mind the Gap participants will be randomized to receive one of two conditions, which are 1.Resources only (online training modules and paper or on line resource lists, but no peer coaching) 2. Peer coaching (will receive all online training access). The peer coaches will be recruited from local parent support agencies. They will not be professionals in the field of ASD, but they will be trained by the research group on how to access the online tools and how to work whith families. They will contact the participants via phone or video conference on a weekly basis and an in- person visit per month for 3 months. Peer coaches will have a monthly call with participants for an additional nine months.We hope that this study will help the African American and Latino communities receive services sooner than currently reported. We also hope that in the future, parent organizations will use these tools to help families that have recently received an ASD diagnosis will us navigate the complex system of attaining services.

    Davis, California and other locations

  • Study of anxiety treatments in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    “How can therapy or medication better alleviate symptoms of anxiety and/or autism?”

    open to eligible people ages 8-12

    Approximately 40%-80% of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibit clinically significant anxiety symptoms. These symptoms are associated with increased social deficits, depression, irritability, and stereotyped and self-injurious behaviors. Children and adolescents with anxiety also frequently avoid potentially stressful situations, thereby missing opportunities to learn important new skills. However, there is a lack of clarity about how to differentiate ASD and anxiety symptoms. There is also little known about how anxiety manifests in those with ASD and intellectual disability (ID). The goal of this study is to investigate these issues in order to make interventions more precise, more personalized, and more likely to promote positive outcomes While there is no doubt that anxiety is a very serious issue for those with ASD, what to do about this problem is less clear. Multiple small trials have provided promising evidence that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) might reduce anxiety in those with ASD. However, this work is in its early stages. In this study we will conduct a study in children with ASD and clinically significant anxiety ages 8-12 to compare efficacy of these different treatment types.

    Sacramento, California

  • Translating Evidence-based Interventions for Autism: Multi-Level Implementation Strategy

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of the "Translating Evidence-based Interventions (EBI) for ASD: Multi-Level Implementation Strategy" (TEAMS) model on provider-level implementation outcomes when used to enhance provider training in two evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The TEAMS- Leadership Institute (TLI) module includes training to program/school district leaders in implementation of EBI, and the TEAMS Individualized Provider Strategy for Training (TIPS) module applies Motivational Interviewing strategies to facilitate individual provider behavior change. TEAMS will be tested in combination with two clinical interventions in two community service setting contexts (1) AIM HI intervention in mental health programs and (2) CPRT intervention in schools. It is expected that the addition of TLI and / or TIPS will improve use of EBI by community providers.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

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