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Early language development within the autism spectrum  

Delays in language development and impairments in communication ability constitute a diagnostic feature of Autistic Disorder and PDD-NOS/Atypical Autism. Communication challenges are also well documented among children with Asperger's disorder. The goal of this project is to characterize the early language development of young children diagnosed with 1 of these pervasive developmental disorders (who will be referred to as children with an ASD). In this longitudinal study, early language development skills will be characterized in young children with ASD at age 2 and 6, and their language outcomes will be assessed at age 5-6. Findings from this project will significantly advance our understanding of the nature of early language development in ASD, will lead to more accurate early diagnosis by clarifying the boundaries between late talkers with and without ASD, and will provide more refined language phenotypes that should direct better fitting treatment approaches. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $508,490.00
Current Award Period 2006-2011
Project Number 5R01DC007223-05
Principal Investigator Ellis-Weismer, Susan
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. 1LC. Identify and develop measures to assess at least three "continuous dimensions" (i.e., social reciprocity, communication disorders, and repetitive/restrictive behaviors) of ASD symptoms and severity that can be used by practitioners and/or families to assess response to intervention for people with ASD across the lifespan by 2016. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,500,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Wisconsin - Madison
State/Country Wisconsin
Web Link 1 Early language development within the autism spectrum (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
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New! History/Related Projects Early language development within the autism spectrum | $505,018.00 | 2009 | 5R01DC007223-04
Early language development within the autism spectrum | $459,749.00 | 2008 | R01DC007223-03
Early language development within the autism spectrum (supplement) | $27,942.00 | 2010 | 3R01DC007223-05S1
Early language development within the autism spectrum (supplement) | $33,417.00 | 2010 | 3R01DC007223-04S1