Autism Center Launches New Programs

November 16, 2010

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One of the key elements in this expansion by the UW Autism Center, which is part of the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD), was the launch of a new program in August to screen children at least 12 months old and under the age of two for early indications of autism. The program uses Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers (STAT), which was developed by Wendy Stone, Ph.D., the center's new director, to help parents who are concerned that their child may be showing signs of autism. The STAT is a play-based interactive assessment that allows clinicians to look at a child's social and communicative behavior, according to Stone, professor of psychology and a CHDD research affiliate.