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Early detection of pervasive developmental disorders  

The goal of this project is to validate a final shortened revision of the M-CHAT, a screener for autism in toddlers. This final version will be (a) brief and user-friendly, (b) easy for pediatricians to score in their offices, (c) valid for diverse populations of children, (d) valid for younger siblings, who are at high risk, and (e) ready to be recommended for universal pediatric use in the US, as well as in multiple translations in other countries. Disseminating a finalized, valid screener for early detection of ASD, which is parent- and pediatrician- friendly, will allow a large number of children to have earlier access to intervention and optimize their developmental outcomes. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $1,067,234.00
Project Number 2R01HD039961-06A2
Principal Investigator Fein, Deborah
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1SA. Develop, with existing tools, at least one efficient diagnostic instrument (e.g., briefer, less time intensive) that is valid in diverse populations for use in large-scale studies by 2011. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,300,000 over 2 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Connecticut
State/Country Connecticut
Web Link 1 Early detection of pervasive developmental disorders (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Early detection of pervasive developmental disorders | $1,032,220.00 | 2010 | 5R01HD039961-07
Early detection of pervasive developmental disorders (supplement) | $207,828.00 | 2010 | 3R01HD039961-07S1
Early detection of pervasive developmental disorders (supplement) | $193,155.00 | 2009 | 3R01HD039961-06A2S1