Highlighting the critical role of early diagnosis and intervention in attenuating the symptoms of autism, data will be presented on early diagnostic indicators obtained through eye-tracking-based behavioral assays that quantify social disabilities. Results generate "growth charts" of normative social engagement, and deviations from the norm are taken as early indicators of risk. The ultimate goal of this effort is to develop objectified and quantified tools for the detection of autism in infancy, tools that might be deployed in primary care and pediatricians’ offices. Results from work on promoting the full integration of primary care physicians and early intervention providers, in collaboration with Dr. Amy Wetherby, will be presented and intended to promote community-viable models of family support and early treatment.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania