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Early Detection Study

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What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to examine whether a commonly used autism screening tool works well for young children who have an older brother or sister with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This study is being conducted in conjunction with Vanderbilt University and the University of Connecticut.

Who may participate? What are the criteria?

Children who will be 36 months of age on or before April 30, 2014 AND are currently 30 months or younger AND have an older sibling with ASD.

What does participation in the study mean?

Participation in this study involves completion of questionnaires and phone interviews for parents when their infant is 16 months, 24 months, and 36 months of age. After parents return the questionnaires, they are contacted to review the results and may be asked follow-up questions. Parents may then be asked to bring their infant to the UW Autism Center for up to two comprehensive evaluations. Parents may also be asked to bring in their older child with an ASD for an evaluation.

What is the time commitment for participation in the study?

Parents will be asked to complete a number of questionnaires and respond to a number of questions over the phone. The questionnaires will take approximately 2 hours to complete, and the phone interviews may take up to 1 hour. Parents may also be asked to bring their infants to the UW Seattle campus for one or two visits, which may take two to three hours each. Participating families may be compensated up to $215 for their time and effort.

What will my family get out of the study?

By participating in the Early Detection Study, parents will receive feedback about the development of their younger child. Results from the assessments may be used for educational planning. In addition, parents will receive information that may help them monitor their child’s development and obtain referrals for additional evaluations or specialized early intervention services (if necessary) as early as possible.  Parents may request and receive a report based on data from their child’s participation in the study.

What are the risks to participating in this study and what safeguards are in place to minimize any risks?

This study is approved by a human subjects committee at the University of Washington and all efforts are made to minimize any potential risks. There are no known psychological or physical risks associated with any of the procedures. Clinicians working with families in the ADS have extensive experience and expertise in working with families with children with autism and will be available to answer questions and provide additional referrals if necessary.

Whom should I contact to get involved?

This study is no longer recruiting participants.

To learn more about participating in any of our other studies, please contact the resource coordinator at 1.877.408.UWAC or email us at*.

*Please remember we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of email.