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Looking for Social Skills Success in an After-School Club Format

In 2013, OAR’s Board of Directors authorized funding for seven new applied autism research studies in 2014. This additional $210,000 in research grants brought the total funds awarded by OAR to over $3 million since its first grants in January 2003. This review is the third in a series of seven that will appear in…

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Using a Parent-to-Parent Mentoring Approach for Challenging Behavior

In 2013, OAR’s Board of Directors authorized funding for seven new applied autism research studies in 2014. This additional $210,000 in research grants brought the total funds awarded by OAR to over $3 million since its first grants in January 2003. This review is the second in a series of seven that will appear in…

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Sexuality Education for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In 2013, OAR’s Board of Directors authorized funding for seven new applied autism research studies in 2014. This additional $210,000 in research grants will bring the total funds awarded by OAR to over $3 million since its first grants in January 2003. Starting with this review, we will offer summaries of the newly funded research…

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Studies Focus on AAC Communication and OAR’s Kit for Kids

In October 2012, the OAR Scientific Council approved 12 new studies for a total of $355,000 in funding through its annual applied research competition. These efforts, which are now underway, are poised to advance our understanding of autism and how to effectively support those affected by the disorder. This month, we are previewing two more…

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How Do Video Games Affect Boys on the Spectrum?

Many teenagers with or without an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) love video games. In fact, previous research has shown that adolescents with ASD are more likely than those with other types of disabilities to spend most of their free time playing video games. One study even found that children with ASD spend significantly more hours…

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Two Funded Studies Focus on Childhood Play Skills and Adult Health Outcomes

In October 2012, OAR’s Board of Directors approved 12 new studies for a total of $355,000 in funding through its annual applied research competition. These research efforts, nine of which are now underway, are poised to advance our understanding of autism and how to effectively support those affected by it. This month, we feature previews…

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Two Funded Studies Focus on Sexual Development and Access to Treatment

In October 2012, the OAR Scientific Council approved 12 new studies for a total of $360,000 in funding through its annual applied research competition.  These efforts, which are now underway, are poised to advance our understanding of autism and how to effectively support those affected by the disorder.  Throughout 2013, The OARacle will feature “previews”…

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Using an App to Teach Social Skills Training

In 2011, OAR’s Scientific Council selected seven applied research projects for funding. This month, we describe the seventh study, which is being conducted by a researcher at UCLA.     Study Effectiveness of a Virtual Coach Application in Social Skills Training for Teens with ASD   Researcher Elizabeth A. Laugeson, PhD, University of California, Los…

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Training Paraprofessionals to Provide Social Opportunities

In 2011, OAR’s Scientific Council selected seven applied research projects for funding. This month, we describe a study being conducted by researchers at the Koegel Autism Center at University of California, Santa Barbara.   Study Training Paraprofessionals to Provide Appropriate Social Opportunities for Children with ASD   Researchers Robert Koegel, PhD, and Lynn Kern Koegel,…

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Evaluation of Synchronous Online Parent Skill Training

In 2011, OAR’s Scientific Council selected seven applied research projects for funding. This month, we describe a study being conducted by researchers at the State University of New York and the Mary Cariola Children’s Center.   Study Evaluation of Synchronous Online Parent Skill Training Researcher Marcie Desrochers, Ph.D., BCBA-D, SUNY-Brockport, N.Y., and Erin DiCesare, Mary…

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