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*Read a note about COVID-19 from our Center Director, Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg*

Our primary mission is to advance scientific knowledge about the language and social communication impairments in autism/ASD and related disorders. We carry out studies on all ages using behavioral, brain, and cognitive measures.

The goal is to understand the range of abilities, the developmental patterns, and the brain systems that may explain why people with autism have difficulties communicating with spoken language. Our research is aimed at developing new interventions that directly address the communication problems that we discover.

We have an outstanding team at CARE, including clinical and developmental psychologists, speech-language clinicians, language scientists, special educators and behavior specialists.

Studies carried out at our Center, and with collaborators at neighboring Universities, are funded by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations.

“ [the studies] have actually helped our son to be more flexible and willing to understand the world around him.”



“The research was done at my daughter’s pace. She was never stressed. I think she had fun doing it.”

“[Our son] has genuinely enjoyed his time with the many staffers at CARE.  We have personally found them to be delightfully caring, intelligent, and good-humored, and thus heartily encourage other families to participate in their studies.”  


“…our kid always leaves with a smile.”

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