DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
PI: DEBRA CHILDRESS, EVE MULLER, LYNN CANNON
TERM: 05/16 – 05/18
There is currently a lack of data-driven resources to support social and emotional learning (SEL) for students with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (HF-ASD). Failure to provide effective SEL instruction strongly contributes to academic difficulties, and to almost universally poor post-school outcomes for this population. Given the incidence of HF-ASD is now at an all-time high, the need within schools is more critical than ever for effective, easy-to-use tools to help students with HF-ASD improve their SEL skills. This SBIR Phase II project addressed this need by continuing iterative development and refinement of the Ivymount Social Cognition Instructional Package (IvySCIP) and testing its usability, feasibility, and promise for generating intended educator and student outcomes in authentic education environments. IvySCIP offers a comprehensive software solution to guide educators in making informed decisions regarding SEL instruction including evaluating students’ SEL strengths and needs, identifying instructional priorities, developing SEL IEP goals, accessing instructional tips and implementation strategies, and tracking students’ progress. By enhancing educators’ ability to provide targeted SEL instruction, and thereby enhancing students’ SEL skills, IvySCIP holds the potential for significant and lasting impact on the quality of students’ social interactions, as well as their academic engagement and performance.