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Early detection of autism through acoustic analysis of cry  

Preliminary evidence suggests that children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) may be characterized by atypical features of cry during early infancy. This project teams researchers with expertise in infant cry production and autism in infancy and early childhood as well as a lab with extensive experience in the development of acoustic analysis and speech recognition tools. This team will work collaboratively to develop a new acoustic analysis system for infant cry based on state-of-the-art acoustical engineering and computer technology. This research is highly relevant to both early identification and intervention for children with autism. By developing a system that can identify atypical aspects of cry in infancy associated with this disorder, this research will aide in the development of more sensitive and specific screening and diagnostic tools for use in infancy. In addition, this research will improve understanding of the roots and course of communication impairments in autism. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $260,153.00
Current Award Period 2009-2011
Project Number 5R21DC010925-02
Principal Investigator Sheinkopf, Stephen
Received ARRA Funding? Yes
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. 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? Federal
Institution Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
State/Country Rhode Island
Web Link 1 Early detection of autism through acoustic analysis of cry (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Early detection of autism through acoustic analysis of cry | $257,066.00 | 2009 | 1R21DC010925-01