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Infants at high-risk for autism:

Innovations in early identification


Annette Estes, Ph.D.

Date:  May 22, 21012

Location:  Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall, 150

Time:  7:00-9:00 p.m.


Abstract:  Recent studies suggest subtle but important differences in behavioral and brain development may be present much earlier in infants at high-risk for ASD. Earlier identification of infants at very high risk for ASD is critical as it has the potential to allow earlier intervention, reduce parental stress, and increase our understanding of the underlying neurobiology of ASD. Dr. Estes will describe innovations in the study of infants at high-risk for ASD and discuss how these new findings might help identify ASD earlier and lead to earlier intervention, and improved outcomes for people with ASD.


About Our Speaker

Annette Estes, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and an adjunct research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington. Her research is carried out    at the UW Autism Center and Center on Human Development and Disability. Dr. Estes is the principal investigator on two intervention studies for very young children with early signs of autism; these are collaborative studies between the UW Autism Center, UC Davis, and University of Michigan using the Early Start Denver Model. Dr. Estes is especially interested in the role of the family in supporting positive outcomes for children with disabilities. Dr. Estes collaborates with a multidisciplinary network of researchers to increase early recognition of infants at risk for autism and identify brain mechanisms using neuroimaging, behavioral, and genetic methods. She currently leads a project investigating the emergence of psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety in adolescents with autism.


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Beverly J. Wilson, Ph.D.

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