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Infant Screening Project

Brief Description

The main goal of this study is to map early development and identify infants at risk for developing an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or language and communication difficulties. By screening early and learning more about neural and behavioral functioning, we aim to improve techniques for early identification and intervention.

Eligibility for Participation

  • families who have a new baby or are expecting
  • families who have a new baby or are expecting and have an older child that has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Participation Details

    This study involves four visits to the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience lasting 3-4 hours each. Visits will be schedules for: 12-14, 18, 24, and 36 months (outcome visit). These visits can be scheduled at your convenience during the day or the weekend and will be coordinated with primary care ‘well baby’ visits. All sessions are held at our lab in the Longwood Medical Area.

    Research Contact

    ISP@childrens.harvard.edu

    Full Description

    The Infant Screening Project is a collaborative project between Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston University that studies the development of language and social behavior in babies. The purpose of this study is to map early development and identify infants at risk for developing an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or language and communication difficulties.

    By screening early to evaluate potential biological identifiers related to social ability and to learn more about neural and behavioral functioning, we aim to improve techniques for early identification and intervention.

    In order to thoroughly investigate the questions we are asking we’ll be using a variety of methods including; clinical, behavioral, electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) assessments for both children with autism and typical controls. Parents will also be asked to fill out a variety of questionnaires over the four visits in order to collect data about their child’s development.

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