Our Goal

The goal of the TEDI study is to test a new telehealth assessment of infants’ development, communication, and Autism characteristics, so that families do not always need to travel to a clinic to get a developmental evaluation.

We will follow babies over time to see how they develop, and to get ongoing feedback from families about their experience so that we can make sure the method we develop will work for as many families as possible.

Ultimately, we hope that this research will help to improve families’ access to early evaluations and services.

This study is funded by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Schriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R21 HD100372).

Who Can Participate?

We are recruiting families:

  • With Infants between the ages of 6-12 months, whose parents suspect possible social communication delays or Autism
  • With access to internet-enabled video-device (smartphone, tablet, computer)
  • Willing and able to complete online questionnaires and complete a play-based assessment with their infant while coached over tele-health 5 times over the course of 1 year.

What Does this Study Involve?

Families will be screened over the phone, and eligible families who decide to enroll will:

  • Complete online questionnaires about your infant and about the telehealth session
  • Participate in 5 online telehealth sessions with a member of the study team and their infant (Each telehealth session last approximately 1 hour and involves different play activities conducted in your own home)
  • All study activities will occur in your home, no travel to the MIND Institute is required
  • Families will receive written reports and will be compensated $25 for their time for each online session

Meagan Talbott, Ph.D.Principal Investigator: Meagan Talbott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professional Researcher, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
UC Davis School of Medicine