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Participants Needed for Study of New Cognitive and Behavioral Treatments for Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 6, 2010 – Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are seeking participants ages 16 to 40 with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to take part in the Perspectives Program, a psychosocial research intervention program that will study how to best treat teens and adults with ASD.

The Perspectives Program uses non-drug intervention strategies to help individuals with ASD learn to better interact with others, manage their emotions, feel more comfortable in social situations and accomplish their life goals.

Participants will be treated for up to 18 months with either cognitive enhancement therapy or enriched supportive therapy. These interventions are designed to improve cognitive and social functioning, problem solving and stress management. In addition to receiving one of the two treatment options, participants also may be asked to complete interviews, computer testing and diagnostic assessments. Participants must have a diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s syndrome or pervasive developmental disorder NOS; cognitive and social disabilities; the ability to speak and read English; and the absence of significant mental retardation.

There is no charge for any of the research procedures. Financial reimbursement for travel to the Perspectives Program is available, and participants will be offered compensation for completing the research assessments. This study is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, Autism Speaks and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

For more information about the Perspectives Program, please contact the University of Pittsburgh Autism Center of Excellence toll free, 1-866-647-3436, or by email, autismrecruiter@upmc.edu

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