Screening and Diagnosis
This study will help us to better understand early developmental differences in autism as well as how autistic mothers can be better supported
The ARC pioneered early screening for autism at 18 months of age, using the Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT), and since then we have refined it and created new measures across the lifespan that measure autistic traits. In some cases, we have tested how sensitive and specific they are to autism.
The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST), was developed to as a screening measure in a population prevalence study of autism in UK primary schools.
It has been suggested that rates of autism are higher in areas with lots of jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). This study aimed to determine the prevalence of autism among children in three regions in the Netherlands.
The EU-AIMS Longitudinal European Autism Project (LEAP) is a long-term study across seven sites in Europe with hundreds of participants, looking at how brain development is different in autistic and typical people.