Validation of the Online Toddler Autism and Development Adaptive Screener (TADAS) at 18 months
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has awarded CHADIS a grant for the Validation of the Online Toddler Autism and Development Adaptive Screener (TADAS) at 18 months
The American Academy of Pediatrics has mandated identification of autism beginning at the routine 18-month visit, based on evidence that early intervention for children with autism improves outcomes, but there are concerns about the accuracy of currently available screening tools at that age.
This project builds on data from a previous grant showing that using machine learning algorithms individualizing presentation of items to screen for autism and developmental delay (called TADAS) dramatically improved accuracy of screening with lesser parent burden and benefits to office workflow.
The proposed study is required to bring this promising tool to clinical use by programming it into our online clinical process support system (CHADIS) and then completing validation in a new community sample of toddlers weighted to be representative of the U.S. population.
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