An article in today’s issue of ‘CHDD Outlook’ highlights a READi Lab research project designed to attenuate the development and progression of symptoms in toddlers with ASD. In collaboration with Paul Yoder’s research group at Vanderbilt University, we are evaluating the effectiveness of ImPACT (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers) as a preventative intervention for younger siblings of children with ASD. This intervention is designed to teach parents how to promote their child’s social-communication development during everyday activities, such as snack time, bath time or play. In addition to determining the efficacy of ImPACT, we are also trying to identify for whom it is most effective, and the mechanisms of how it works. Over the next 5 years, a total of 90 younger siblings of children with ASD between the ages of 12-18 months and their parents will take part in this study. To read more about the ImPACT study, pick up the latest issue of ‘CHDD Outlook’, 2015, or download a copy here.