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15th Annual Autism Conference; Online; 2021

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Invited Paper Session #3
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Early Brain and Behavioral Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Implications for Intervention and Clinical Outcomes
Monday, March 1, 2021
10:10 AM–11:00 AM
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Britany Melton (Endicott College)
CE Instructor: Annette Estes, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: ANNETTE ESTES (University of Washington)
Abstract: Infants with older siblings with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a high likelihood of developing ASD. Research with infants with a family history of ASD has opened a window into the early developmental course of ASD. New information about brain and behavioral development and evidence-based clinical practices suggests changes could be on the horizon regarding traditional targets and methods of early intervention with young children with ASD. The potential for improved early identification and clinical outcomes based on this emerging evidence will be explored.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children and recent research on behaviors that precede the onset of ASD symptoms in the first year of life; (2) identify new research on neurobiological signs of ASD that emerge before behaviorally-based autism symptoms can be detected; (3) discuss how early biological and behavioral markers may inform new approaches to clinical intervention for autism spectrum disorder; (4) recognize the impact of early autism intervention on parents and the potential transactional relationship between parental functioning and intervention outcomes.
ANNETTE ESTES (University of Washington)
Annette Estes directs the University of Washington Autism Center and is a Research Professor at the University of Washington. She holds the Susan & Richard Fade Endowed Chair. She is a licensed psychologist in the State of Washington. Dr. Estes conducts research to understand the early behavioral and biological signs of autism and to use this information to improve outcomes for children and families with autism. Dr. Estes leads the behavioral assessment core for a national network of researchers studying brain and behavioral development in infants with a family history of autism. She has conducted intervention studies for very young children with autism and is especially interested in the role of the family in supporting positive intervention outcomes.



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