Typically, a young child suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) would engage with a clinician(s) in a series of play-based activities as part of the diagnostic process. As the COVID pandemic has rendered in-person interactions less feasible, clinicians and researchers have developed assessment activities that can be administered remotely. Our READi Lab team, along with researchers from Rush University Medical Center, Boston University, and Michigan State University compiled a list of some new approaches that can be implemented during a tele-assessment for early identification by experienced clinicians. You can access the article here!
We hope this information will be useful for our community partners and research colleagues who are involved in assessments with toddlers during these socially distanced times.