Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
29/07/2005
Date assigned
17/08/2005
Last edited
16/09/2009
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Patricia Howlin

ORCID ID

Contact details

Dept of Community Health Sciences
St George's University of London
Tooting
London
SW17 0RE
United Kingdom
+44 (0)208 725 5604

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

TGT 4/TGT39

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Study hypothesis

Training in PECS will result in significant increases in rate of use of PECS symbols, rate of social initiations, and scores on language tests.

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Condition

Autism

Intervention

Intervention: Training children to use the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) in schools.
It is a randomized group trial of immediate intervention, versus delayed intervention, versus no intervention (assessment only).

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Increase in use of PECS symbols; increase in rates of social initiations

Secondary outcome measures

Increase in scores on tests of language expression and comprehension (Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test, & British Picture Vocabulary Scale)

Overall trial start date

01/01/2003

Overall trial end date

31/12/2005

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Children meeting diagnositc criteria for autism; aged 5-9 years; enrolled in full-time, specialist education; either no spoken language or expressive language limited to single words; not using PECS beyoind Stage 1.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Child

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

90

Participant exclusion criteria

No exclusion criteria with regard to IQ, social class, ethnicity etc.

Recruitment start date

01/01/2003

Recruitment end date

31/12/2005

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Dept of Community Health Sciences
London
SW17 0RE
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

St George's University of London (UK)

Sponsor details

Tooting
London
SW17 0RE
United Kingdom
+44 (0)208 725 5604
phowlin@sgul.ac.uk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

Three Guineas Trust (UK)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2007 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17501728

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Howlin P, Gordon RK, Pasco G, Wade A, Charman T, The effectiveness of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) training for teachers of children with autism: a pragmatic, group randomised controlled trial., J Child Psychol Psychiatry, 2007, 48, 5, 473-481, doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2006.01707.x.

Additional files

Editorial Notes