The rationale, development, and feasibility of a very early prediagnostic intervention for infants at elevated likelihood of autism

Dominique Cleary

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


This thesis presents a systematic examination of the rationale, acceptability, and feasibility of aparent-mediated pre-diagnostic intervention for infants at elevated likelihood of autism. The fourstudies presented make significant and novel contributions towards our understanding of autism inthe first 6-months of life, examining: early behavioral manifestations of autism; the lived experienceof parents of autistic children; and the rationale for, development, and assessment of a pre-diagnosticintervention for infants. Together, these studies provide support and direction for the implementationof interventions in early life, to better meet the developmental needs of infants at elevated likelihoodof autism.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Maybery, Murray, Supervisor
  • Whitehouse, Andrew, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date1 Sept 2023
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 1/09/2023 to 18/08/2025 Will become publicly avaliable on 18/08/2025

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