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Neurobehavioral research on infants at risk for SLI and autism  

Specific language impairment (SLI) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) involve primary impairments in language and communication. The basis of the proposal is that neurobehavioral markers of risk in fundamental processing systems (e.g., auditory/speech; visual/social) can be detected in the latter half of the first year of life. In a longitudinal study following infants from 6 to 36 months of age, data will be collected on language and social perception using behavioral, eye-tracking, and neurophysiological measures as well as general measures of cognitive and brain development (head circumference; EEG). The findings from this research will help develop early screening and diagnosis methods to identify infants at high risk for SLI and ASD. In turn, children identified as showing significant risk signs at much younger ages will be able to take advantage of early interventions that may prevent the onset of autism symptoms or reduce the severity of the disorder. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $691,847.00
Current Award Period 2009-2014
Project Number 5R01DC010290-02
Principal Investigator Tager-Flusberg, Helen; Nelson, Charles
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? Federal
Institution Boston University Medical Campus
State/Country Massachusetts
Web Link 1 Neurobehavioral research on infants at risk for SLI and autism (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Neurobehavioral research on infants at risk for SLI and autism | $710,348.00 | 2009 | 1R01DC010290-01