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Combination Treatment for Augmenting Language in Children With ASD

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Brief Summary

The study will consist of two main elements: the enrollment of 72 children aged 6-11 years with ASD and low language competency to receive a thrice-weekly one hour language intervention for 12 weeks; and, beginning at the same time, subjects will be equally randomized to receive either aripiprazole (Abilify) (flexibly dosed from 2-10 mg per day) or placebo for 12 weeks.

Primary Purpose
Treatment
Study Type
Interventional
Phase
Phase III

Eligibility

Gender
All
Healthy Volunteers
No
Minimum Age
5 Years
Maximum Age
11 Years

Inclusion criteria:

  • boys and girls ages 5-11 years;
  • criteria for autistic disorder or PDD-NOS as defined by DSM-IV-TR and confirmed by clinical examination and ADI-R, ADOS;
  • low language usage as defined by <30 functional words obtained from a natural language sample, parent report, and standardized tests;
  • present placement in a comprehensive educational/intervention setting.

Exclusion criteria:

  • any medical condition that would interfere with intervention outcomes during a 12 week study period (eg., active seizures within 3 months);
  • genetic disorders such as Fragile X, Down syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis;
  • sensory impairments such as deafness or blindness;
  • existing or anticipated need for concomitant psychotropic medication (specifically stimulants, atomoxetine) during study participation( allowed medication include: antidepressants, anticonvulsants, guanfacine, clonidine, supplements, melatonin, diphenhydramine);
  • severe aggression or self-injurious behavior;
  • DQ <18 months as assessed by the Leiter-Revised or Mullen.

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Study Stats
Protocol No.
12-000726
Category
Semel Institute (Psychiatry)
Contact
JENNIFER COWEN
Location
  • UCLA Westwood
For Providers
NCT No.
NCT02574741
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