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Webinar: Improving Early Detection of Autism with an Eye Toward Going Down to Infancy

Who should attend?

This free webinar is for pediatricians, family physicians, and other health care providers in primary care, service coordinators and other team members in early intervention systems making decisions about eligibility, as well as child development specialists in early learning environments who screen and make referrals.

This webinar will offer practical strategies on how you can use Baby Navigator for surveillance & screening to engage families earlier.


Research has shown that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be diagnosed by 18-24 months of age. And yet, in spite of national guidelines, campaigns, and investments in research, the average age of diagnosis in our country still hovers at 4-5 years. Research findings of the NIH-funded FIRST WORDS® Project on early detection of communication delay and autism in infants and toddlers will be presented. Video vignettes will be shown to illustrate early red flags in social communication and repetitive behaviors in very young children using the DSM-5 framework. Strategies to use Baby Navigator for surveillance & screening in your busy practice with links to Autism Navigator® online courses and tools to engage families earlier and bridge the science-to-practice gap will be highlighted. A discussion of challenges and solutions to improve early detection of ASD in community health and education systems will be guided by the speaker, Amy Wetherby.

Webinar Agenda:

Each webinar will cover the following agenda:

  • Bridging Research to Practice: What’s New?
  • Video Observation of 4 Babies with Early Signs of Autism: Honing Your Observation Skills
  • Improving Early Detection of Autism with an Eye Toward Going Down to Infancy
  • Sharing Ideas for Practice Improvement: Incorporating My Baby Navigator for Surveillance & Screening in Your Busy Practice
  • Discussion of Opportunities for Research Collaboration

Featured Speaker

Amy M. Wetherby, PhD, CCC-SLP | Distinguished Research Professor of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine Florida State University | Director, FSU Autism Institute

Schedule and Registration

This webinar is offered on the 2nd Tuesday each month at 5:30pm and at 8:30pm on alternate months. Select your preferred date. The content is the same for each webinar date.

May 14, 2024, 8:30pm to 10:00pm (EST)


June 11, 2023, 5:30pm to 7:00pm (EST)


You must register to participate. Once you register, you will receive email reminders from Zoom. We cannot record our webinars because we show photos and videos of our families, so make sure to register and attend.

How do I get to the Feedback Survey and Attendance Certificate Request Form?

To request an attendance certificate, please complete our Feedback Survey for this webinar. Certificates are emailed within two weeks of the webinar date.

Feedback Survey and Attendance Certificate Request Form

How can I get continuing education credits?

Attendance and completion of the feedback form are required to earn CMEs. Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners can earn 1 CME credit approved by MECOP through the FSU College of Medicine. CMEs can be claimed only once for this webinar. To request a CME credit, please complete the Feedback Survey and Attendance Certificate Request Form in the section above.

Where is the Resources Page for this webinar?

Be sure to go to the Improving Early Detection Resources Page we created for you. You can find Baby Navigator resources, research articles, information about research collaboration and the Baby Navigator provider portal application.

Improving Early Detection Resources

Hosts for this Webinar

  • Amy M. Wetherby, PhD • Distinguished Research Professor • Director, FIRST WORDS Project, Florida State University
  • Charly Nottke, MS • Assistant Director of Early Detection & Prevention Research, FSU Autism Institute
  • Carin Butler, MSW • Family Navigator & Baby Navigator Outreach Coordinator

Research Collaborators

  • Kristin Sohl, MD • FAAP, Executive Director, ECHO Autism, University of Missouri, School of Medicine
  • Alycia Halladay, PhD • Chief Science Officer, Autism Science Foundation

Not sure where to go? We’re here to help: [email protected].