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Early Autism Research and Learning for the Young Child (EARLY)


The mission of the Early Autism Research and Learning for the Young Child (EARLY) is to improve the quality of life for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. The institute is a new collaboration between the centers and institutes of the UCEDD. The primary goals of the institute are to provide evidence based training, service, and research for students, families and the larger community.

Guiding Principles:

  • Research to Practice
  • Evidence-based Methods
  • Family Involvement
  • Community Collaboration


New Collaborative Infant Toddler Assessment Clinic
CDRC/OHSU, the Communication Disorders and Sciences, and the UCEDD now offer an interdisciplinary assessment clinic for infants and toddlers who are at risk for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The purpose of the clinic is to conduct research on early identification of ASDs and to offer support and resources to families. We see young children, ages 6 to 18 months on the day of clinic, including those children who have older siblings with a diagnosis of autism. Robert Nickel, M.D., Developmental Pediatrician, Debra Eisert, Ph.D., Child Psychologist, and Heather Moore, Ph.D., Speech/Language Pathologist, staff the clinic, which is currently offered two Friday mornings each month. Download flier.

Contact Information:
Debra Eisert, Ph.D.