Translating Between Research and Practice in Serving Infants at Risk for ASD In research studies, we are now able to identify many infants who are at risk for later diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as early as 12 months of age. The authors are part of a research team developing and testing a tool for early identification and also testing the ... Article
Article  |   February 2013
Translating Between Research and Practice in Serving Infants at Risk for ASD
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Linda R. Watson
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Elizabeth R. Crais
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Disclosure: Linda R. Watson is Principal Investigator and Elizabeth R. Crais is Co-Principal Investigator on a study of parent-mediated early intervention for infants at risk for ASD (2010–current). Watson and Crais are also named investigators on a grant from Autism Speaks to University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; they receive no salary support from this grant.
    Disclosure: Linda R. Watson is Principal Investigator and Elizabeth R. Crais is Co-Principal Investigator on a study of parent-mediated early intervention for infants at risk for ASD (2010–current). Watson and Crais are also named investigators on a grant from Autism Speaks to University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; they receive no salary support from this grant.×
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Article   |   February 2013
Translating Between Research and Practice in Serving Infants at Risk for ASD
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, February 2013, Vol. 20, 4-13. doi:10.1044/lle20.1.4
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, February 2013, Vol. 20, 4-13. doi:10.1044/lle20.1.4

In research studies, we are now able to identify many infants who are at risk for later diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as early as 12 months of age. The authors are part of a research team developing and testing a tool for early identification and also testing the efficacy of an early intervention for infants at risk for ASD. Challenges encountered in this research highlight some of the issues that speech-language pathologists and other professionals serving the infant/toddler population may face. This article uses our research team’s experiences to raise some of the ethical and practical concerns regarding translating from research to practice in early identification for this population, and the potential implications for early intervention policies and services.

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