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Social Motivation Intervention for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Improving Peer Initiation

The purpose of this study is to investigate whether a social initiation motivation intervention (SIMI) focused on training children with ASD to initiate to peers during structured play activities will result in more frequent initiations to typically developing peers during free play. The SIMI approach under investigation uses behavioral strategies based in Applied Behavior Analysis and Pivotal Response Treatment to motivate children with ASD to initiate to peers. Children with ASD will be randomly assigned to either the SIMI or a waiting list. Treatment will be provided for 8 weeks in the context of a weekly social skills group.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Behavioral: Social Initiation Motivation Intervention




Inclusion Criteria:

   1. age 4.0 to 6.11 years;

   2. diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

   3. without intellectual disability

   4. stable community treatments four weeks before and throughout the trial.

Exclusion criteria:

   1. diagnosed severe psychiatric or genetic disorder or medical problem;

   2. severe disruptive behavior that would interfere with peer interactions

Ages Eligible for Study

4 Years - 6 Years

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Rachel Schuck