Direct Instruction Language for Learning in Autism Spectrum Disorder

2015-06-30 07:53:23 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to test whether Direct Instruction - Language for Learning (DI-LL) is an effective way to teach language skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and moderate language delay.


Direct Instruction - Language for Learning (DI-LL) uses face to face instruction and specific lessons to teach children language skills. This method has been used previously in children with language delays, but it has not been carefully studied in children with autism spectrum disorder. This study will compare DI-LL and ongoing treatment as usual to treatment as usual (speech therapy, language services, etc.) alone.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Autism Spectrum Disorder


Direct Instruction-Language for Learning (DI-LL), Treatment as Usual


Marcus Autism Center - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
United States


Not yet recruiting


Emory University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2015-06-30T07:53:23-0400

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