Distinguished Researchers—Lonnie Zwaigenbaum
Reducing autism effects through early detection, intervention
Early intervention improves outcomes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but few are diagnosed before age three or four.
Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Autism, has developed a screening tool that can detect the disorder in children as young as six months old. His team has also created an effective intervention for toddlers aged 12 to 30 months.
Their research has focused so far on high-risk infants, but the Distinguished Researcher funding will help them extend the screening to the general community and develop a version of the intervention tool for even younger infants.