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Project Title

Project Title

Neurobehavioral research on infants at risk for SLI and autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Tager-Flusberg, Helen

Description

Description

Specific language impairment (SLI) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) involve primary impairments in language and communication. The basis of the proposal is that neurobehavioral markers of risk in fundamental processing systems (e.g., auditory/speech; visual/social) can be detected in the latter half of the first year of life. In a longitudinal study following infants from 6 to 36 months of age, data will be collected on language and social perception using behavioral, eye-tracking, and neurophysiological measures as well as general measures of cognitive and brain development (head circumference; EEG). The findings from this research will help develop early screening and diagnosis methods to identify infants at high risk for SLI and ASD. In turn, children identified as showing significant risk signs at much younger ages will be able to take advantage of early interventions that may prevent the onset of autism symptoms or reduce the severity of the disorder.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

710348

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

Neurobehavioral research on infants at risk for SLI and autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Boston University Medical Campus

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

1R01DC010290-01

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Neurobehavioral research on infants at risk for SLI and autism | 691847 | 2010 | 5R01DC010290-02

 
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