The Autism Center of Excellence addresses the question of why some children with Autism do not acquire spoken language. Our main studies for children and adolescents investigate behavioral and brain systems related to speech production and sound processing using EEG and MRI. We are testing a novel behavioral treatment for promoting speech in non verbal children that has shown promise in prior work.
This study investigates how targeted interventions in key early skills (e.g. play and imitation) lead to advances in social language and changes in the brain.
The Infant Sibling Project aims to identify risk markers for autism or language delays that may be present during the first year of life. Identifying high risk infants at this early stage would allow for early intervention to begin much sooner than is currently possible, greatly increasing the potential for such treatments to have lasting positive impacts.
The Child Auditory Processing Study uses EEG to investigate the brain systems underlying speech and sound processing. We are interested in how children with autism and their typically developing peers use auditory and visual cues to understand language.
This study focuses on issues related to cultural diversity and their impact on ethnic and racial minority families who have children diagnosed with ASD. We are particularly interested in exploring the significance of immigration, bilingualism, and cultural perception towards developmental disorders and how these factors may influence the language abilities of children with ASD.