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Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Daycares and Preschools

Student support is needed to help with collecting information from local daycare and preschool centers, implementing a training program with daycare and preschool teachers, and entering and checking data.

Though Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be detected at age 2 years, most children continue to be diagnosed much later in life, around age 4. When children are delayed in being identified with the disorder, crucial early interventions that can dramatically advance their skills are also delayed. One way to improve early detection of ASD is to increase the use of developmental screening practices, which assist caregivers with identifying children who may be exhibiting early signs of ASD. Daycares and preschools are ideal locations to implement developmental screening, since teachers spend many hours each week with children and often interact with parents daily. The goals of this project are to: (1) develop training to prepare daycare/preschool staff to implement developmental screening, (2) implement this training in two community daycare/preschool centers, and (3) test the use of a developmental screening program in both centers. As part of this project, you will have the opportunity to assist with collecting information from daycare/preschool staff to prepare for the training, help researchers implement the training, and maintain a database of qualitative and quantitative data collected from approximately 100 staff members and parents. You will be invited to attend weekly research team meetings in which you will work with graduate students and contribute to analysis and interpretation of the data as well as assist with preparing results for conference presentations and manuscript submission. This is a great opportunity to gain applied research experience, develop skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis, and better understand early education and care settings.


Interested applicants should complete an interest form following the link below. If contacted, applicants will also be asked to submit a resume and 3 references. Major in education, psychology, or a related field preferred. Priority will be given to education majors. Interest in children, families, and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder preferred. Student must have strong communication and organization skills. Access to transportation preferred but not required.

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Posted: 18-09-12
Start Date: 18-09-12
End Date: 18-10-15

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