Early Detection of Autism In High-Risk Siblings


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:

We are observing high-risk and typically developing infants during simple, everyday activities. We will be 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 who also have an older child that:

  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?

  • You will be asked to visit the CSLU nursery twice a month for 6 months.
  • Visits will be about 1.5 – 2 hours, depending on your baby?s age and individual needs, and can be scheduled flexibly.
  • During your visit, you 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?

  • Evaluations of your baby.
  • Free consultation with our pediatric
  • neuropsychologist.
  • 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 : infantstudy@cslu.ogi.edu

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 CSLU Infant Brochure ASD.