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Prelinguistic symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in infancy  

This research project aims to enhance the understanding of prelinguistic symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in infants less than 12 months of age through the assessment of preverbal social and communication behaviors in the context of a pilot treatment program. Infants between 9-12 months of age exhibiting signs of ASD will be enrolled in a pilot treatment program designed to increase social engagement and decrease overall symptomology. This intervention will be a modified version of Pivotal Response Training, a validated manualized naturalistic intervention utilizing developmental and applied behavior analysis approaches. A parent-education component will also be incorporated allowing for families of infants at risk for ASD to better understand autism and learn effective therapeutic techniques. Despite research showing early signs of ASD in infancy, intervention resources for infants exhibiting early symptoms remain limited. This study aims to address this gap by assessing social-communicative gains made subsequent to the implementation of a comprehensive treatment program. Project Status


Funder Autism Science Foundation
Fiscal Year Funding $30,000.00
Current Award Period 2010-2011
Project Number n/a
Principal Investigator Bradshaw, Jessica
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Behavioral
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 4SF. Launch five randomized controlled trials of interventions including biological signatures and other measures to predict response, and monitor quality of life and functional outcomes, in each of the following groups:
  • Five trials in infants and toddlers by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $30,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three randomized controlled trials of interventions for school-aged children and/or adolescents by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three trials for adults by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution University of California, Los Angeles
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Prelinguistic symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in infancy (External web link)
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