Development of a New Autism Screening Tool for Traditionally Underserved Families

Short Title

Developmental/ Behavioral Pediatrics, Children's Specialized Hospital

Project Description

The goal of the study is to improve identification of young children with ASD in traditionally underserved populations by refining and testing the utility of a new ASD screening tool designed for use in populations with low English literacy and comprehension challenges.
Phase 1 of the study involves validating the Developmental Check-In, a primarily pictorial autism screening tool created for this study, by piloting in an at risk population of young children from racial or ethnic minority, low income families or those where English is not the primary language spoken in the home.
The DCI will then be refined based on those results. Phase 2 of the study involves implementing the refined DCI in a general population and comparing its utility with traditionally used autism screening tools.

Selection Criteria

Phase 1 of study (at risk population):
  1. Children ages 24- 48 months who are either non-white, are Medicaid-funded, Hispanic/Latino and/or English is not the primary language in the home who are referred for Developmental Evaluation < 4 at a Children's Specialized Hospital site
  2. Children ages 24-60 months referred from Federally Qualified Health centers in Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton, Perth Amboy or Plainfield, NJ.
Phase 2 (unselected, general population sample):
Children ages 24-60 months enrolled at Early Head Start or Head Start in Newark, Plainfield, or Lakewood, NJ
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Team Members

Yvette Janvier
Principal Investigator

Jill Harris
(908) 301-2525

Contact Info
(888) 244-5373
150 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092