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Language development and outcome in children with autism  

Compared to typically developing children, it is not known to what degree language development in children with autism follows the same developmental rules or whether autistic children achieve language comprehension via different routes. Using a novel visual fixation approach called Intermodal Preferential Looking (IPL), the study investigates language comprehension in young children who have recently been diagnosed with ASD and are about to begin an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program. In this longitudinal study, a baseline assessment will be taken before ABA treatment (at 18-42 months of age) and will then be followed by assessments at 4-month intervals for 2+years, with a final assessment at 6-8 years. This project may pinpoint subtle deficits and strengths in the language of children with autism as well as illuminate different developmental pathways in their language acquisition, both of which may guide new early-intervention and treatment protocols. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $321,874.00
Current Award Period 2008-2013
Project Number 5R01DC007428-06
Principal Investigator Naigles, Letitia
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Subcategory Symptomology
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 Connecticut
State/Country Connecticut
Web Link 1 Language development and outcome in children with autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
New! History/Related Projects Language development and outcome in children with autism | $325,125.00 | 2009 | 5R01DC007428-05
Language development and outcome in children with autism | $321,144.00 | 2008 | R01DC007428-04
Language development and outcome in children with autism (supplement) | $299,918.00 | 2009 | 3R01DC007428-04S1