Sophi Arndt is a member of a research team from NUIG (supervised by Dr. Arlene Mannion and Dr. Geraldine Leader) working on an international project which has recently been awarded €14.2M of research funding from the EU.
They are conducting ground-breaking research that will for the first time follow children who are at risk of developing autism from 6 months of age.
They are looking for families who have a child with autism and a baby sibling who is six months of age or younger. The team are partners in a consortium of researchers who have been awarded €14.2M of research funding from the EU, conducting ground-breaking research that will for the first time follow children who are at risk of developing autism from 6 months of age. This research may lead to earlier diagnosis than is currently possible and help us understand why some children develop autism and others do not.
Currently, there is on average of an 18-month waiting list to receive an autism assessment in Ireland. If you choose to participate in the study, they will monitor your child’s development and will administer an autism assessment every six months. If your child develops autism, you will receive a diagnosis as early as possible which will allow you to access early intervention. If your child doesn’t develop autism, you will have access to this information at the earliest possible age.
If you are interested in participating, you can register your interest in this study by sending us a direct message on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/icanautism.ie/) or through our website www.icanautism.ie and a member of our team will contact you.