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Social communication phenotype of ASD in the second year  

There is a critical need for research to define the social communication phenotype in very young children with ASD. The major aim of this longitudinal study is to quantify social communication skills of children with ASD during the second year of life, especially as they compare to typically developing (TD) children and those with developmental delay (DD). All of the children will be recruited from the ongoing longitudinal study of the FIRST WORDS Project. Outcome measures of language, adaptive behavior, and autism symptoms will be obtained at 3 years of age and conclusions will be made regarding how ASD, DD, and TD children differ in their natural developmental histories and how they acquire new social communication skills. Results from this study may help researchers predict which aspects of behavior are most likely to change in response to intervention. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $249,084.00
Current Award Period 2006-2012
Project Number 5R01DC007462-05
Principal Investigator Wetherby, Amy
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 Florida State University
State/Country Florida
Web Link 1 Social communication phenotype of ASD in the second year (External web link)
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New! History/Related Projects Social communication phenotype of ASD in the second year | $251,746.00 | 2009 | 5R01DC007462-04
Social communication phenotype of ASD in the second year | $251,888.00 | 2008 | R01DC007462-03