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Developmental processes, trajectories, and outcomes in autism  

This project addresses fundamental questions about syndrome expression, developmental trajectories, and predictors of outcome in autism by examining a cohort of children that were diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder at 2 years of age. As part of their participation in the CPEA/STAART program at Yale, the children have been characterized in several core domains of autistic psychopathology at ages 2 years and 4 years. This proposal examines the same group of children at 8 years of age, when their presentation of ASD symptoms are more fully expressed. The project permits both a longitudinal analysis of predictors of outcome as well as a cross-sectional examination of the relationships between social and neuropsychological processes and diagnostic status. By mapping the continuities and discontinuities of the central features of autism from first detection at two years of age to later childhood, this study is expected to help clarify syndrome expression and diagnostic pathways in developmental processes. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $292,249.00
Current Award Period 2008-2012
Project Number 5P01HD003008-42
Principal Investigator Volkmar, Fred
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 Yale University
State/Country Connecticut
Web Link 1 Developmental processes, trajectories, and outcomes in autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Developmental processes, trajectories, and outcomes in autism | $286,887.00 | 2009 | 5P01HD003008-41
Developmental processes, trajectories, and outcomes in autism | $278,814.00 | 2008 | P01HD003008-40