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We are a research center with a primary mission 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.

Our 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. One of our current studies includes evidence-based interventions for children.

We have an outstanding team at CARE who strive to carry out our research mission with rigor and compassion.

Studies carried out at our Center, and with collaborators at neighboring Universities, are funded by the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies, and the Simons Foundation for Autism Research.

Recent News

Post-doctoral fellow, Yanru Chen, presented featured research at INSAR 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden. She presented on the discrepancies between expressive and receptive language in minimally verbal children and adolescents with autism. You can read more from her interview here.

One of our very own doctoral students, Jay Wilson, was recently featured on GBH’s Basic Black. Jay spoke eloquently about the importance of diagnosis, research and support for children of color with ASD. You can read more here and watch Jay’s appearance below.

Our fearless leader Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg was also recently featured on GBH News discussing autism awareness. You can watch the segment below.

“ [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.”



“This intervention technique enables him to play creatively and follow my lead, as well as me getting the chance to see how he wants to play creatively. I can see how this will help him learn turns with peers/adults as well.”

“[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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