Autism Research : Early Detection of Autism in Infants

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OHSU Center for Spoken Language and Understanding


To develop state-of-the-art, non-intrusive tools to detect early signs of autism and other developmental disorders in infants.

Description of study:

Picture of Baby and Mom - OHSU CSLU Early Autism Detection StudyAutism researchers at OHSU’s Center for Spoken Language Understanding (CSLU) are observing high-risk and typically developing infants during simple, everyday activities. The CSLU Autism researchers are looking for differences in the development of motor, vocal, and interactive behaviors that may be early markers of Autism or of other developmental disorders.

CSLU’s innovative technologies will lead to the baby monitor of the future.

Inclusion criteria:

Families with babies 0- to 6-months-old and an older child who either::

  1. Has an autism spectrum disorder. (i.e.,
    Autistic disorder, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS)
  2. Has a developmental delay or learning disability. (i.e., language disorder, ADHD, dyslexia)
  3. Is typically developing. (no family members with history of developmental delays)

Exclusion criteria:

None known


What would you need to do to participate?

CSLU Early Autism Detection Study Mom with Baby Clapping

  • Visit the CSLU nursery twice a month for 6 months
  • Play with your baby as you do at home
  • You will be asked to return for follow-up visits 2 or 3 times each year until age 3.

What will we provide for your participation?

  • Evaluations of your baby.
  • Free consultation with a Psychologist.
  • Compensation for your time.

Principal Investigator(s) :

  • Jan van Santen, PhD
  • Lois Black, PhD

Location(s) :


Contact Details :

  • Alison Hill, PhD, Study Coordinator
  • Phone : 503-748-1602
  • E-mail :

Known Funding Sources :

  • none known

Privacy Notice:

  • OHSU protects the privacy of its research subjects’ personal health information. If you would like a copy of the OHSU Notice of Privacy Practices, please ask for a copy at your next visit or call 503 494-0444.

Download a copy

of the OHSU CSLU Autism Early Detection Infant Study Brochure.

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