Virtual Group Social ABCs for Autism

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Centre, Toronto, CanadaAutism+6 MoreVG Social ABCs - Behavioral
12 - 42
All Sexes
What conditions do you have?

Study Summary

This trial tests if Social ABCs virtual group-based model is an effective early intervention for toddlers with ASD or related social communication challenges.

Eligible Conditions
  • Autism
  • Social Communication Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder with Impaired Functional Language

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

1 Primary · 7 Secondary · Reporting Duration: 12 Weeks (Time 0 - Time 1- Time 2)

12 Weeks
Change from Baseline Autism Symptoms at 6 and 12 Weeks
Change from Baseline Caregiver Self-Efficacy at 6 and 12 Weeks
Change from Baseline Parent Stress at 6 and 12 Weeks
Change from Baseline Social Orienting at 6 and 12 Weeks
Change from Baseline Vocal Initiations at 6 and 12 Weeks
Change in Baseline Words Understood and Used at 6 and 12 Weeks
Week 12
Change from Baseline Parent Implementation Fidelity at 6 and 12 Weeks
12 weeks
Change from Baseline Vocal Responsiveness at 6 and 12 Weeks

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Active Control Condition
1 of 2
Virtual Group Social ABCs
1 of 2

Active Control

Experimental Treatment

120 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Virtual Group Social ABCs · No Placebo Group · N/A

Virtual Group Social ABCs
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: VG Social ABCs · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Active Control ConditionNoIntervention Group · 1 Intervention: Active Control Condition · Intervention Types:

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 12 weeks (time 0 - time 1- time 2)

Who is running the clinical trial?

IWK Health CentreOTHER
120 Previous Clinical Trials
98,048 Total Patients Enrolled
Dalhousie UniversityOTHER
155 Previous Clinical Trials
340,057 Total Patients Enrolled
University of AlbertaOTHER
823 Previous Clinical Trials
377,093 Total Patients Enrolled
University of TorontoOTHER
640 Previous Clinical Trials
732,138 Total Patients Enrolled
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation HospitalLead Sponsor
59 Previous Clinical Trials
12,857 Total Patients Enrolled
Glenrose FoundationOTHER
5 Previous Clinical Trials
311 Total Patients Enrolled
Jessica A Brian, PhD, C PsychPrincipal InvestigatorHolland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Eligibility Criteria

Age 12 - 42 · All Participants · 9 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “Yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You do not have any serious neurological, genetic, or sensory/motor conditions.
You have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a qualified professional, or a trained clinician thinks you show signs of ASD or related communication challenges.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this research endeavor accepting elderly participants above the age of eighty-five?

"This trial stipulates that patients must between the ages of 1 and 3.5 years in order to qualify for enrollment." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

How many subjects are being observed for this experiment?

"Yes, according to, this research is still searching for qualified individuals. First posted on June 27th 2022 and most recently updated in December 15th 2022 the trial needs 120 patients at one site location." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Is this experiment presently accepting participants?

"Verified. According to the, this medical trial is presently recruiting participants with initial postings occurring on June 27th 2022 and most recent updates arriving December 15th of that same year. In total, 120 patients are needed from one location for completion of the study." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Are there any eligibility criteria to participate in this research project?

"This research initiative looks to enrol up to 120 toddlers between 12 and 42 months of age with a confirmed diagnosis of social communication disorder. To qualify, participants must have basic English comprehension abilities, access to high-speed internet for virtual participation in the study, be born between 36 and 42 weeks' gestation (with birthweight greater than 2,500g) without neurological or genetic issues as well as limited sensory or motor impairments. Moreover, they need to reside within Ontario, Alberta or Nova Scotia while agreeing not to exceed one hour per week on other interventions if randomized into the Treatment Group. In addition, subjects ought to consent to video recorded data" - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer
Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.