Calling (Some) Moms of Kids with Autism

Earli If you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), plan to have another child at some point, and you live in Southeast Pennsylvania, Northeast Maryland, or Northern California, you may be eligible to participate in a brand-new study that's one of the largest ever to investigate early risk factors for the disorder. The EARLI (short for Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation) study will follow up to 1,200 pregnant women who already have one child with autism and will look into possible causes, both genetic and environmental (think pesticides, household cleansers, plastics, flame retardants, etc.). Researchers plan to focus on the prenatal period and to follow children through 36 months to track their exposures. The research sites—Drexel University School of Public Health and the Center for Autism Research, University of California at Davis/MIND Institute, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Kennedy Krieger Institute, and the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, CA—are just starting to recruit moms. Go here to find out more.

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  1. by Sherry Artemenko

    On June 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    This sounds like an interesting study. We need all the information we can get to effectively understand and treat autism.
    I am a speech language pathologist with lots of ideas on how to talk read and play with your child to encourage language, including playing board games for social language development.
    Sherry Artemenko

  2. by Hyon Peevy

    On January 9, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Just bookmarked you!!