Early autism detection
Designed for parents and caregivers of children aged 11 to 30 months, ASDetect is based on research conducted at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University, Australia. The autism assessment method developed in this research is 83% accurate, which is more than 13 times more accurate than the next best tool. Available in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.
A decade-long research project
Dr Josephine Barbaro, Senior Research Fellow at OTARC, has been working on the early signs of autism in babies and toddlers for more than 10 years. The method she developed in the Social Attention and Communication Study (SACS) identified a set of behaviours or 'red flag' markers that are characteristic of children with autism from as young as 12 months old.
Originally implemented in Maternal and Child Health services in Victoria, the SACS method is now used in a variety of services in Poland, Korea, Japan, Nepal, and China.
A mobile application for parents and caregivers
Based on the SACS method, ASDetect is a free mobile app that guides parents through age-appropriate assessments, using videos of children both with and without autism to illustrate questions about social communication milestones. Parents receive an on-screen result of either 'low' or 'high' likelihood of autism, and a comprehensive formal assessment results email, which they can take to their family doctor.
With over 35,000 downloads since launch in February 2016, ASDetect is now being translated into Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, bringing this groundbreaking early detection research to parents and caregivers around the world.