Longitudinally investigating the early development of BAP traits in siblings at risk of ASD

PI: Dr Jeremy Parr (Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University)
Funding: TBC

The behavioural broader autism phenotype (BAP) refers to relatively mild ASD related traits that are sometimes seen in relatives of individuals with ASD. For at-risk siblings, possible developmental outcomes include autism spectrum disorder, broader autism phenotype, and typical development. Identifying which at-risk siblings have the BAP is important, as this information helps us understand how behaviours from early life relate to outcome. Identifying which children have the BAP is important for other BASIS studies, including genetic studies, and studies of early intervention.

In this project, we will also identify the BAP in the parents of at-risk siblings. This is important for a number of studies, including studies of genetics, genetic counseling, and early intervention.