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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.

Webinar Agenda:

Each webinar will cover the following agenda:

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

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. Certificates are emailed to all attendees.

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

Earn CME Credits

Earn 1 CME credit approved by MECOP through the FSU College of Medicine

Featured Speaker

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


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.

Where is the Resources page for this webinar?

Be sure to go to the Resources for Improving Early Detection page that we have created for you. You can find Baby Navigator resources, research articles, information about research collaboration and the Baby Navigator provider portal application. You can also find a link to the Feedback Survey and Request Form if you are interested in receiving CMEs.

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].