Journal article

Predicting autism diagnosis by 7 years of age using parent report of infant social communication skills

Carly Veness, Margot Prior, Patricia Eadie, Edith Bavin, Sheena Reilly



AIM: The aim of this study is to identify social communication skills in infancy which predict autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis by 7 years as compared with children with other developmental difficulties or typical development from within a population sample. METHODS: Children with an ASD (n = 41), developmental delay (n = 28), language impairment (n = 47) and typical development (n = 41) were drawn from a large, longitudinal community sample following children from 8 months to 7 years of age, the Early Language in Victoria Study. At 7 years of age, early social communication skills at 8, 12 and 24 months from the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Infant-Toddler Checklist and..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

ELVS was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grants (#1041947, #607407 and #1023493) and the Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Support Program. SR was supported by the NHMRC practitioner fellowship (#1041892). The ELVS Autism study was supported by the Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant from Speech Pathology Australia and the Syd and Ann Wellard Memorial Trust as administered by Equity Trustees Limited. The authors would like to acknowledge and thank all participating families and the ELVS research assistants.