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Project Title

Project Title

Temporal coordination of social communicative behaviors in infant siblings of children with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Parlade, Meaghan

Description

Description

This project examines the production and coordination of gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, communicative non-word vocalizations, and words in infants who, because they have an older sibling with autism, are at heightened risk for developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Infants will be observed monthly at home from 8 to 14 months, with follow-up visits at 18 and 24 months. The goals are to: a) document infants' changing ability to coordinate communicative behaviors; b) observe differences in communicative coordinations between situations in which the child is interacting with an unfamiliar adult and those in which interaction is with a familiar caregiver; and c) evaluate delay and/or impairment in communicative coordination in infancy as a predictor of later ASD diagnosis. Identifying indicators of autism at a significantly earlier point in development than is currently possible will allow for earlier initiation of treatment services. In addition, finding out when and how infants at risk for autism develop difficulties in integrating communicative behaviors will help us understand the nature of social communication impairments in older children with ASD and contribute to the development of more tailored interventions.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2009-2012

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

Temporal coordination of social communicative behaviors in infant siblings of children with autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Pittsburgh

State/Country

State/Country

Pennsylvania

Project Number

Project Number

6303

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Temporal coordination of social communicative behaviors in infant siblings of children with autism | 28000 | 2009 | 5664
Temporal coordination of social communicative behaviors in infant siblings of children with autism | 28000 | 2010 | 6303

 
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