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Project Title

Project Title

The use of interactive television in identifying autism in young children

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Reese, R. Matthew

Description

Description

Early detection and early intervention significantly improves developmental outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), however, availability and access to trained professionals who provide diagnostic and clinical services for children with ASD are limited, particularly in rural areas. This project will evaluate the use of interactive television (ITV) in evaluation procedures for children suspected of having autism to ensure greater access to trained professionals. Investigators will employ telemedicine, a form of interactive television that uses real-time video conferencing for clinical purposes, on a cohort of participants consisting of 46 children ages 2-5 that are suspected of having ASD. Participants will be randomly assigned to interact with a lead psychologist via ITV or in person and assessed standard diagnostic scales (ADOS and ADI), fulfillment of the DSM-IV criteria for ASD, and overall diagnostic measures. Results of this study will be utilized to identify empirically validated practices for early detection of ASD in rural communities. Through the outcomes of this research, the identification of a reliable and valid protocol for ASD diagnosis via ITV would allow greater access to quality health care for individuals in rural and underserved areas, with greater access to early intervention and improved developmental outcomes.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

188750

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1SA. Develop, with existing tools, at least one efficient diagnostic instrument (e.g., briefer, less time intensive) that is valid in diverse populations for use in large-scale studies by 2011. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,300,000 over 2 years.

Project Link

Project Link

The use of interactive television in identifying autism in young children (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Kansas Medical Center

State/Country

State/Country

Kansas

Project Number

Project Number

1R21MH098133-01

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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