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Project Title

Project Title

Development of Vocal Coordination between Caregivers and Infants at Heightened Biological Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Northrup, Jessie

Description

Description

This project will examine the timing of vocalizations in interactions between infant siblings of children with ASD and their caregivers throughout the first year of life in order to look for early warning signs of ASD and inform early interventions. From the first days of life, infant and caregiver interactions involve mutual give-and-take that is very important for infant development. One example of this is the way in which typically developing infants and their mothers adjust the timing of their vocalizations to coordinate with one another, much like two adults having a conversation. Coordination of the timing of vocal behavior with a partner involves a mix of attention, language development, and social engagement--and for that reason, it may be an ideal context in which to look for early symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. In addition, while a lot of research on ASD has focused on individual characteristics of the child, this study will help us understand infant behavior in the context of everyday social interaction, and will therefore have implications for early interventions focused on parent-child interaction.

Funder

Funder

Autism Science Foundation

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

25000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2013-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1LA. Identify behavioral and biological markers that separately, or in combination, accurately identify, before age 2, one or more subtypes of children at risk for developing ASD, and evaluate whether these risk markers or profiles can improve early identification through heightened developmental monitoring and screening by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $33,300,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Development of Vocal Coordination between Caregivers and Infants at Heightened Biological Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Pittsburgh

State/Country

State/Country

Pennsylvania

Project Number

Project Number

n/a

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Development of Vocal Coordination between Caregivers and Infants at Heightened Biological Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder | 0 | 2014 |

 
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