Early Diagnosis of ASD
We are seeking a detailed perspective on the children receiving an initial diagnosis of ASD in Jerusalem. Working with collaborators at Leumit Healthcare's Child Development Center in Jerusalem, we are seeking to identify specific risk factors that may contribute to receipt of a later diagnosis. The eventual goal of this study is to develop programs counteracting these risk factors.
Parent Training for ASD
Working with the behavior analyst training program at Hebrew University, and using an empirically supported parent training program (Bearss et al., 2015), we are examining several inter-related factors, including implementation in a group format, the applicability of the program to demographically diverse families and mediators of secondary gains from the intervention.
Inclusive Educational Policy and Implementation in Israel
Working with collaborators within Hebrew University, and funded by the Israeli Ministry of Education, we are evaluating the efficacy of current inclusion policy in Israel. This is a unique, large-scale study aimed at including variables related to the child, families, schools, and broader society.
Family Accommodation in ASD
Working with collaborators at Yale University and Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, we are examining the degree to which parental accommodation of a child's RRBs is associated with the severity of these behaviors. Based on literature from OCD and anxiety disorders (e.g. Lebowitz et al., 2013), the ultimate goal of this project is to explore the viability of utilizing this accommodation as an avenue for intervention.
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*Equal contribution from first two authors