Therapy for infants showing early signs of autism
A major goal of the Early Years program is to improve outcomes for autistic children through earlier diagnosis. Research is already underway at the Autism CRC to identify infants showing early behavioural signs for autism from 12-months of age, and to facilitate the adoption of a behavioural surveillance protocol by community-based primary health-care providers.
This project is run as a parallel stream of research, developing and evaluating therapies that can then be implemented very early in life for infants identified as showing early signs of autism.
iBASIS-VIPP is a ‘prodromal’ intervention, a parent mediated therapy that aims to reduce the long-term disability associated with autism. A full-scale clinical trial of iBASIS-VIPP is being undertaken across dual sites, in Perth and Melbourne, with a sample of infants with the following considerations:
- Sample size is adequately powered to enable definitive conclusions to be drawn regarding the efficacy of this therapy
- Participating infants are determined to be at ‘high likelihood’ for autism due to showing early behavioural signs
Concurrent operations across two sites in Australia also facilitates future trialling of the effectiveness of iBASIS-VIPP – testing whether the expected benefits observed within this efficacy trial will remain when therapy is delivered within local community services – and subsequent translation into community practice.
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- Caregiver psychological distress predicts temperament and social-emotional outcomes in infants with autism traitsPublished 3 Jul 2021
- Published 22 May 2021
- Subgroups of temperament associated with social-emotional difficulties in infants with early signs of autismPublished 14 Sep 2020
- The role of negative affectivity in concurrent relations between caregiver psychological distress and social-emotional difficulties in infants with early signs of autismPublished 13 Aug 2020
- Randomised controlled trial of a pre-emptive intervention for infants showing early signs of autism: Study methodology and characterisation of clinically-indicated samplePublished 19 Jul 2019
- Pre-emptive intervention versus treatment as usual for infants showing early behavioural risk signs of autism spectrum disorder: a single-blind, randomised controlled trialPublished 16 Jul 2019
- Published 21 Jun 2019
- Heterogeneity of sensory features in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Challenges and perspectives for future researchPublished 7 Mar 2017
- Published 3 Nov 2016
- Evidence from systematic review indicates that parents can learn to implement naturalistic interventions leading to improved language skills in their children with disabilitiesPublished 17 Oct 2016
- Practitioner review: Multilingualism and neurodevelopmental disorders - an overview of recent research and discussion of clinical implicationsPublished 22 Jul 2016
- Proband mental health difficulties and parental stress predict mental health in toddlers at high-risk of autism spectrum disordersPublished 21 Jul 2016
- The effects of bilingual exposure for children with autism spectrum disorders: Current knowledge and future directions.Published 30 Jun 2016
- Published 31 Jan 2016
- Kristelle Hudry, La Trobe University