Research at the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training

Peer networks project: Improving social-communication, literacy and adaptive behaviors for young children with ASD

This is a current project.


Given the alarming increase in the number of young children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), experimental studies are needed that document effective interventions. This project will examine the effectiveness of a comprehensive social-communication and literacy intervention program that addresses early social-communication and interaction skills, reading and academic skills, and behavioral and adaptive functional skills for young children with ASD. Culturally diverse children in public school districts in the metropolitan Kansas City area (in both Missouri and Kansas) and the Seattle, Wash., area will participate.

Project Administration

Debra Kamps,principal investigator

Kathy Thiemann-Bourque, co-investigator

Linda Heitzman-Powell, co-investigator

Project Contact

Debra Kamps, Ph.D., Associate Director, Senior Scientist
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
650 Minnesota Avenue, 2nd floor
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-321-3143 (phone)
913-371-8522 (fax)

This is a project of:

Juniper Gardens Children's Project (JGCP)

In collaboration with:

Uninversity of Washington

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Education

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