Dynamic Eye Tracking as a Predictor and Outcome Measure of Social Skills Intervention in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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TitleDynamic Eye Tracking as a Predictor and Outcome Measure of Social Skills Intervention in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsGreene, RK, Parish-Morris, J, Sullivan, M, Kinard, JL, Mosner, MG, Turner-Brown, LM, Penn, DL, Wiesen, CA, Pallathra, AA, Brodkin, ES, Schultz, RT, Dichter, GS
JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
Date Published2020 Jul 12
ISSN1573-3432
Abstract

To evaluate an eye tracking task as a predictor and outcome measure of treatment response for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) social skills interventions, adolescents and young adults with ASD completed the eye tracking task before, immediately after, and two months after completing Social Cognition and Interaction Training for Autism (SCIT-A). The study compared SCIT-A participants (n = 20) to participants with ASD who received treatment as usual (TAU; n = 21). Overall, increased visual attention to faces and background objects and decreased attention to hands playing with toys at baseline were associated with improved social functioning immediately following intervention, suggesting this eye tracking task may reliably predict ASD social intervention outcomes.

DOI10.1007/s10803-020-04594-1
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID32656738
Grant ListMH110933 / / Foundation for the National Institutes of Health /
R21 MH110933 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
T32-HD40127 / / Foundation for the National Institutes of Health /
U54 HD079124 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
2KR631405 / TR / NCATS NIH HHS / United States