Evaluation of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood–Virtual (ADEC-V)
Chief Investigator: Professor Robyn Young
Funding Amount : $85,319
Recipient: Flinders University
Although signs of autism emerge in infancy, children often do not receive a diagnosis until much later, with an average wait time of around 2 years for an assessment. A screening tool for autism that is validated for use through telehealth would increase the accessibility of diagnostic assessments to young children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be assessed, such as those in rural and remote areas or those impacted by current COVID-19 lockdowns. As an accurate diagnosis provides a gateway to early intervention, this would have significant benefits for improving functional outcomes for these young children.