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Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism  

This research project will use the Behavioral Attention Assessment Protocol in children with autism to characterize early core attention deficits and evaluate the ability of this measure to predict the nature and severity of later developing behaviors. Early attention will be assessed using sensory processing, disengagement, orienting, and maintenance of attention. Early preliminary data collected by Dr. Bahrick and her research group suggest that children with autism show overall impairments in sensory processing as well as attention disengagement deficits specific to social events, particularly affectively neutral audiovisual speech. In addition to their measures of early attention, standard diagnostic measures of autism will be implemented to correlate early attentional deficits with symptom severity. This study will allow them to further extend their study and evaluate their assessment protocol for reliability and validity, allowing other clinicians to use it to assess early attentional deficits along with other measures to improve early diagnosis and prediction of behavioral development. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $118,924.00
Current Award Period 2007-2011
Project Number 1906
Principal Investigator Bahrick, Lorraine
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. 1SB. Validate and improve the sensitivity and specificity of new or existing screening and diagnostic tools, including comparative studies of general developmental screening versus autism-specific screening tools, in both high-risk and population-based samples, including those from resource-poor international settings and those that are diverse in terms of age, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, characteristics of ASD, and general level of functioning by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,400,000 over 3 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Florida International University
State/Country Florida
Web Link 1 Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
New! History/Related Projects Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism | $149,888.00 | 2009 | 1906
Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism | $150,000.00 | 2008 | 1906