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Temporal coordination of social communicative behaviors in infant siblings of children with autism  

This project examines the production and coordination of gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, communicative non-word vocalizations, and words in infants who, because they have an older sibling with autism, are at heightened risk for developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Infants will be observed monthly at home from 8 to 14 months, with follow-up visits at 18 and 24 months. The goals are to: a) document infants' changing ability to coordinate communicative behaviors; b) observe differences in communicative coordinations between situations in which the child is interacting with an unfamiliar adult and those in which interaction is with a familiar caregiver; and c) evaluate delay and/or impairment in communicative coordination in infancy as a predictor of later ASD diagnosis. Identifying indicators of autism at a significantly earlier point in development than is currently possible will allow for earlier initiation of treatment services. In addition, finding out when and how infants at risk for autism develop difficulties in integrating communicative behaviors will help us understand the nature of social communication impairments in older children with ASD and contribute to the development of more tailored interventions. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $28,000.00
Current Award Period 2009-2011
Project Number 6303
Principal Investigator Parlade, Meaghan
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Subcategory Early Signs and Biomarkers
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1LA. Identify behavioral and biological markers that separately, or in combination, accurately identify, before age 2, one or more subtypes of children at risk for developing ASD, and evaluate whether these risk markers or profiles can improve early identification through heightened developmental monitoring and screening by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $33,300,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution University of Pittsburgh
State/Country Pennsylvania
Web Link 1 Temporal coordination of social communicative behaviors in infant siblings of children with autism (External web link)
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