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SOE Receives Autism Grant Award for Innovation from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board [01/20/2023]


Jessica Akers

Jessica Akers, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational psychology in Baylor University’s School of Educationhas received a $893,409 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop an innovative treatment model for children with autism and their siblings.

Akers has created an intervention program that intentionally focuses on improving the interactions between siblings. Sibling SUCCESS: Supporting Unique Collaborative Care to Encourage Shared Success invites the siblings of children with autism or “special siblings” to collaborate and participate as a vital member of the intervention team. Although behavioral interventions are highly effective for children with autism, these behavior programs – while including parents – do not address the importance the sibling relationship.

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