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Project Title

Project Title

Increasing ASD screening and referral among NYC's Korean Americans

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Mandell, David

Description

Description

The purpose of this project is to develop and test the effectiveness of materials designed to increase the identification and referral to early intervention of Korean-American children with suspected autism or other developmental delays. Growing evidence suggests that earlier identification of autism results in earlier entry into treatment and more positive outcomes than for children for whom diagnosis is delayed. While there has been an increase in general awareness of the signs of autism and the need for early intervention, significant disparities in age of diagnosis have been observed among traditionally underserved minority groups, including those for whom English is a second language. This study is one of the first to systematically develop and evaluate the effects of a population-based intervention to improve the timeliness and referral of autism in one such group in the United States. The project builds on existing English language materials, including the 100-day kit developed by Autism Speaks, and includes partnerships with physicians, early childcare workers, faith leaders and Korean-American parents of young children. The investigators are collaborating with these stakeholders to develop materials that are linguistically and culturally appropriate. Materials will be pilot tested and refined, after which they will be disseminated through doctors' offices, early childcare settings and churches. The investigators will evaluate program effects through quantitative evaluation of changes in referrals of Korean-American children to New York's early intervention system, and through qualitative interviews of professional and lay community members. This project is squarely in line with Autism Speaks' 'Move the Needle' initiative, which is designed to increase the quality of care individuals with autism receive in their communities.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

79680

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LA. Test four methods to improve dissemination, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, services, and supports in diverse community settings by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $7,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Increasing ASD screening and referral among NYC's Korean Americans (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Pennsylvania

State/Country

State/Country

Pennsylvania

Project Number

Project Number

8412

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Increasing ASD screening and referral among NYC's Korean Americans | 320320 | 2012 | 8412
Increasing ASD screening and referral among NYC's Korean Americans | 0 | 2014 | 8412

 
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