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Project Title

Project Title

Early social communication characteristics of ASD in diverse cultures in the US and Africa

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Wetherby, Amy

Description

Description

There is a pressing need to improve early detection of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) so that families can access intensive, appropriate intervention services as early as possible. However, studies indicate that important racial and ethnic disparities exist in the identification and diagnosis of children with ASD in the US, which impact access to services. This research investigation is a foundational study of early social communication markers of ASD in children from two diverse cultures from two different countries- Latino immigrants in Southeastern U.S. and the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province of South Africa. The expected outcomes of this study will have significance for the field by identifying behavioral markers that distinguish young Latino children in the Southeastern U.S. and African children from KwaZulu-Natal with ASD from children with typical development from those cultures. Cultural differences may be evident in the behavioral phenotype of ASD, recognition and interpretation of symptoms by caregivers, the decisions parents make regarding evaluation and treatment, and interactions between families and the healthcare system. The results of this research will lead to culturally sensitive screening and evaluation methods that may decrease the age at which all children with ASD are diagnosed.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

238233

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

Early social communication characteristics of ASD in diverse cultures in the US and Africa (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Florida State University

State/Country

State/Country

Florida

Project Number

Project Number

1R21DC010926-01

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

Yes

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Early social communication characteristics of ASD in diverse cultures in the US and Africa | 226872 | 2010 | 5R21DC010926-02

 
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