Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center needs Spanish-speaking child volunteers for autism video

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is creating a video tutorial that will be used to teach clinicians how to screen for autism, and a Spanish-language version will be funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The idea is to promote early recognition and diagnosis of autism in Hispanic communities.

The Center is recruiting young, typically developing Spanish-speaking children to be filmed. Families will be asked to come to one 30-45 minute appointment at Vanderbilt, and they will be reimbursed $100 at the time of appointment.

Here is the text of the announcement:

Does your child look great in front of the camera?

We are making videotape recordings of children that will be used to teach clinicians and other service providers how to screen for autism using the STAT (Screening Tool for Autism in Two-Year-Olds).

The STAT was developed by Dr. Wendy Stone as an interactive, play-based measure looking at dimensions of play, motor imitation, and communication. We are looking for children with and without autism so that we can demonstrate a variety of responses to the STAT. These video recordings will be used on a training CD-ROM and on a secure website that will be available only to qualified trainees. Your child’s identity will be protected, though in some clips his or her first name may be audible. Parents are welcome to observe their child’s filming.

Children who participate in the 45-minute filmed play session will receive a check for $100 as our way of saying thank you.

We are looking for children who:

· Have Autism or PDDNOS and are between the ages of 24 and 36 months
· Have a Developmental Delay and are between the ages of 24 and 36 months
· Have Typical Development and are between the ages of 15 and 30 months.

We particularly invite children from minority backgrounds.

When is the filming?

Date: Monday, February 6, 2006
Time: 45-minute appointments in the morning or afternoon
Location: Vanderbilt University Village at Vanderbilt, 1500 Pierce Avenue

For additional information, or to schedule your child’s visit, please contact
Amy Swanson, Project Manager, at (615) 322-6533 or amy.r.swanson@vanderbilt.edu

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