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Project Title

Project Title

Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Bahrick, Lorraine

Description

Description

This research project will use the Behavioral Attention Assessment Protocol in children with autism to characterize early core attention deficits and evaluate the ability of this measure to predict the nature and severity of later developing behaviors. Early attention will be assessed using sensory processing, disengagement, orienting, and maintenance of attention. Early preliminary data collected by Dr. Bahrick and her research group suggest that children with autism show overall impairments in sensory processing as well as attention disengagement deficits specific to social events, particularly affectively neutral audiovisual speech. In addition to their measures of early attention, standard diagnostic measures of autism will be implemented to correlate early attentional deficits with symptom severity. This study will allow them to further extend their study and evaluate their assessment protocol for reliability and validity, allowing other clinicians to use it to assess early attentional deficits along with other measures to improve early diagnosis and prediction of behavioral development.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

149888

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

na

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. 1SB. Validate and improve the sensitivity and specificity of new or existing screening and diagnostic tools, including comparison of general developmental screening versus autism-specific screening tools, in both high risk and population-based samples through studies of the following community populations that are diverse in terms of age, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, characteristics of ASD, and general level of functioning by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,400,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Florida International University

State/Country

State/Country

Florida

Project Number

Project Number

1906

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism | 118924 | 2010 | 1906
Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism | 150000 | 2008 | 1906
Attention to social and nonsocial events in children with autism | 0 | 2011 | 1906

 
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