Current Research

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Autism Center of Excellence (ACE)

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.

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Applications for Language Enhancement Study (AppLES)

Children and adolescents with autism enjoy working with tablets, including apps designed to increase language and cognitive skills. But no large-scale studies have yet been done to evaluate whether apps do lead to changes. This project explores whether two educational apps lead to improvements in language skills that will be evaluated using novel measures that we are developing.  We expect that the language measures will be important for future interventions research on autism.

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Training Early Social Language in Autism (TESLA)

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.

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Infant Screening Project (ISP)

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.

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Child Auditory Processing Study (CAPS)

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.