Prelinguistic Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Infancy:
Investigating Social Engagement as a Precursor to the Development of ASD
This research project aims to enhance the understanding of prelinguistic symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in infants less than 24 months of age through the assessment of preverbal social and communication behaviors. Infants under 24 months of age will undergo a comprehensive assessment and if appropriate, will be enrolled in a pilot intervention program designed to increase social engagement and quality of social interactions. This intervention will be a modified version of Pivotal Response Treatment®, a validated naturalistic intervention utilizing developmental and applied behavior analysis approaches. A parent-education component will also be incorporated allowing for families to learn effective therapeutic techniques.
Researchers at the Koegel Autism Center are currently accepting participants for this project. Eligible participants are:
1. Parents interested in a social and communication assessment for their infant or toddler 6 to 24 months of age, with the possibility of participation in an intervention program.
2. Infants and toddlers 6 to 24 months of age who have a sibling
diagnosed with autism.
If you would like more information about this study, please contact us at email@example.com or 805-893-2049.
Watch live interview with lead researcher Jessica Bradshaw.