Our Goal

The goal of the Online Developmental Screening Study is to test two new methods of screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the community. This study tests the effectiveness of a video-based screening tool to track developmental milestones in babies. We will also examine how feasible it is to conduct a screening study using only online procedures. The current study will use a well-established screening measure in a new way – rather than implementing it at a single age, which is common practice in the community, we will repeat the screening at up to five ages, depending on the age of enrollment. The ultimate goal of our study is that by charting developmental change across the first two years will be more reliably predictive of ASD outcomes, at earlier ages, than current screening methods that measure functioning at single static ages (i.e. 18 or 24 months). We hope that this research will help parents understand their child’s development and gain access to resources when needed.

Who Can Participate?

• Parents of infants younger than 18 months old
• Infants and toddlers with no family history of autism spectrum disorder

What Does This Study Involve?

  • Up to five brief online screening sessions (6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months), depending on what age your child enrolls
  • An average online session will last approximately 20-25 minutes.
  • At 24 months, any children whose screening indicates developmental concerns will be invited for an optional visit to the MIND Institute for a complete diagnostic assessment.
  • Families will receive $5 reimbursement for each completed online session and $25 for a visit to the MIND Institute


If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact: Dr. Chandni Parikh,
Post-doctoral Fellow at 916-703-0494 or email her at cparikh@ucdavis.edu.