Boston College and Northeastern University Researchers

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					What will my child receive
for instruction?
Your child will receive Social Pragmatics
skills instruction in a small group setting.
                                                                                                 Boston College and
    ADePT Model: What Good Social Communicators Do
                                                                                               Northeastern University
                                                                                                    Researchers
                                                                                                 Seeking 10–11 Year Olds
                                                        Boston College and                         Needing to Develop
                                                      Northeastern University                 Proficiency in Social Pragmatic
                                                           Researchers                                Language Skills
                                                                                                 (Including those with Asperger
                                                       Seeking 10–11 Year Olds                Syndrome, High Functioning Autism,
                                                          Needing to Develop                    Learning Disabilities, PDD-NOS)
                                                     Proficiency in Social Pragmatic
•    Based on a conceptual model of what                     Language Skills                    Research Project to Validate
     good social communicators do and                   (Including those with Asperger
     how they do it.                                                                           An Innovative Social Pragmatic
                                                     Syndrome, High Functioning Autism,
                                                                                                Language Skills Curriculum
•    Centered around four forms of                     Learning Disabilities, PDD-NOS)
     discourse that are used to establish                                                 •    Previously tested pragmatic skills
     and maintain relationships.                                                               instructional model & curriculum
                                                        For further information and/or    •    Group instruction and learning activities
•    Four forms of discourse that are entry
                                                           to apply, please contact:
     points to mastering foundational and                                                 •    Has been validated with children
     advanced/critical pragmatic skills.                     Tel: 617.552.6209                 (7-9 yr. olds)
                                                            Email: adept@bc.edu
•    Metacognition (thinking about                                                        •    12-14 clinic sessions to be held
     thinking) component – teaching                                                            January – May 2010
     students strategies to navigate and
     think about social situations.                                                       •    90 min. Saturday morning clinic sessions
                                                                                               will be held in The Fenway (Boston) area
                                                                                          •    Tuition-free
                                                                                          •    Parent involvement required
What are the instructional                            •   Participate in study that may inform        •   If randomly selected, parent(s) will
practices the model is built on?                          researchers and practitioners on what           participate in a total of up to 8 classes
The social skills model is built on instructional         works for social skills intervention.           and a debriefing session.
practices that research has shown to be               •   Participate in study that adds to Speech    •   Parents not randomly selected will have
effective for learning:                                   and Language profession knowledge               the option of receiving the same training
•   Small group instruction.                              base and possibly indirectly benefits           at the end of the study.
                                                          other children.
•   Intensive skill instruction.                                                                      •   Child will participate in 1 follow-up
                                                                                                          group session in September 2010
•   Lessons made relevant to the children.                                                                (Saturday morning).
                                                      Eligibility
•   Multiple opportunities for practice.                                                              •   Parent(s) agrees to complete a follow-up
                                                      •   Child birth date between December 31,
•   Focuses on combining basic                                                                            questionnaire and interview in
                                                          1998 – January 1, 2000.
    (voice, volume and intonation) and                                                                    September 2010.
    advanced/critical (e.g., turn taking,             •   No more than 2 years out of grade
    maintaining and changing a topic)                     placement.
                                                                                                      Summary
    pragmatic skills.                                 •   Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, Fragile
                                                                                                      •   Opportunity for your child to participate
•   Opportunities for parents to observe                  X, High Functioning Autism, Learning
                                                                                                          in exciting social skills intervention.
    their child’s sessions.                               Disability, PDD-NOS or similar condition.
                                                          (Children without a diagnosis may be        •   Tuition-free!
•   Engaging students in learning.
                                                          placed on a waiting list for possible
                                                                                                      •   Parent training to support parents in
•   Using humor — Making the groups FUN!!!                inclusion.)
                                                                                                          fostering social skills improvement in
                                                      •   Child able to: verbally participate in          their children.
                                                          reciprocal communication, communicate
What are the benefits of my child                                                                     •   Groups held in Boston (Fenway area) –
                                                          using complete sentences, participate in
and me participating in the study?                                                                        convenient by car and public
                                                          sessions with appropriate behavior.
                                                                                                          transportation. Parking available.
•   Child receives social skills instruction          •   Child must be English language
    free of charge.                                                                                   •   This is a research study approved by
                                                          proficient.
                                                                                                          Boston College and Northeastern
•   Regular group of peers outside of                 •   Full Scale IQ score (FSIQ) 80 or above          University.
    school for your child to socialize with.              (tested at least by 1/1/2007).
•   Parent observation.                               •   Parent consent, and child assent, for       Where and how do I sign up?
•   Half of parents randomly selected for                 child to participate in study.              For further information and/or to apply,
    additional parent training/support.               •   Parent(s) consent to participate in         please contact:
•   Opportunity for other parents to receive              companion study (if randomly selected).     Tel: 617.552.6209
    support/training at conclusion of intervention.                                                   Email: adept@bc.edu