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Physiology of attention and regulation in children with ASD and LD  

Current estimates suggest that one in 150 children have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but there is also striking heterogeneity in social and communication abilities across the spectrum. Understanding the factors that contribute to the emergence and growth of social and communication skills in the early development of children with ASD is critical to understanding this heterogeneity and in the design and targeting of individualized intervention. This project examines the contribution of attention and regulation to individual differences in social and communication skill in the first five years of life, with the goal of identifying predictors of developmental course and potential targets for intervention. Young children with ASD, children with neurotypical development (NT), and younger siblings of children with ASD will be studied, all between 9- and 48-months of age. Overall, this project assesses whether measures of attention and cardiovascular reactivity may be predictors of social-communication growth trajectories and indicators of targets for individualized intervention. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $374,693.00
Current Award Period 2010-2015
Project Number 1R01HD064820-01A1
Principal Investigator Webb, Sara
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Developmental Trajectory
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Seattle Children's Hospital
State/Country Washington
Web Link 1 Physiology of attention and regulation in children with ASD and LD (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects N/A