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Clinical autism project seeks ‘Toddler Talk’ participants

April 10, 2007 By Terry Devitt

The Early Autism and Communication Research Clinic of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Waisman Center seeks participants for its “Toddler Talk” project.

The clinic provides autism and communication diagnoses to children between ages 2 and 3 in Wisconsin and nearby communities who are suspected to be on the autism spectrum or who have received a previous diagnosis. The Toddler Talk project is a federally funded study of early communication skills in autistic children. Participants in the study receive free evaluations.

Specialists in autism and speech language disorders provide the evaluations. During the evaluation, families work closely with psychologists and speech language pathologists. After the evaluation, staff meet with families to review findings and provide information on community resources that may be available to address the needs of autistic children.

Appointments are available during clinic hours (Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) and at other times to accommodate family schedules.

For more information about participating in the Toddler Talk project, contact Chris Hollar or Heather Geye at (608) 263-3123.