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Project Title

Project Title

Early quantitative characterization of reciprocal social behavior

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Constantino, John

Description

Description

This project is focused on the development, validation, and standardization of quantitative methods to measure core components of variation in the social development of young children. This is critical for advancing understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and will inform the development and evaluation of early interventions for children with ASD and related disorders. This study will examine the general population distribution and longitudinal course of quantitative variation in reciprocal social behavior (and related indices of social behavioral development) in an ethnically diverse sample of preschool age twins, assessed prospectively at key ages from 18-48 months. The project will also examine the stability and change in the same set of quantitative measures when implemented among children with ASD first diagnosed at 18-24 months, and will clarify the relationship between these measures and traditional diagnostic assessments for ASD. Finally, the variation in visual social engagement (VSE)-a neurodevelopment capacity compromised in children with ASD-among preschool children will be studied in children with ASD and typically developing children.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

590421

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2017

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. 1LC. Identify and develop measures to assess at least three "continuous dimensions" (e.g., social reciprocity, communication disorders, and repetitive/restrictive behaviors) of ASD symptoms and severity that can be used by practitioners and/or families to assess response to intervention for people with ASD across the lifespan by 2016. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,500,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Early quantitative characterization of reciprocal social behavior (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Washington University in St. Louis

State/Country

State/Country

Missouri

Project Number

Project Number

1R01HD068479-01A1

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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