Originally published by the Autism Daily Newscast, NODA – the Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment, developed by Behavior Imaging Solutions, has been granted another 3-year federal grant to bring its technology to rural areas in Idaho.
By developing a solution that addresses the growing number of long wait-lists that hinder children suspected to be affected with autism from getting the early diagnosis they need, NODA allows for early intervention which helps children develop the skills they need to reach their full potential.
Due to their own experience with their son Robby, Ron Oberleitner and his wife Sharon wanted to do something to help other children benefit from early intervention by helping them get their diagnosis sooner. After extensive research and collaboration with Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), Georgia Tech, and Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Behavior Imaging was able to develop the now fully operational NODA app that allows families and caregivers to capture videos of their children in prescribed situations which are later uploaded to a secure site for clinicians to access remotely.
By eliminating the long waitlists that many children with autism have to endure, NODA also helps take the burden off clinicians trying to accommodate the often overwhelming amount of children trying to get an autism spectrum diagnosis which appears to have been growing exponentially over the years.
Today, Behavior Imaging is expectant that they will be granted another $1 million federal grant that’s good for three years, which will help them bring their technology to rural areas where children will be able to undergo diagnosis through NODA which is linked to a clinic that specializes in autism in Moscow, Idaho. In turn, Behavior Imaging wants to make the service more affordable by persuading organizations to purchase memberships that they can offer families.