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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.

Interested in joining our lab? Check out our post-doctoral fellowship in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital.

“ [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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