Chelsea La Valle

Doctoral Student in Developmental Science

  • Title Doctoral Student in Developmental Science
  • Office 152
  • Education M.A., Psychology, Boston University, 2019
    B.A., Psychology, DePaul University, 2013

I am currently a fifth year doctoral student in the Developmental Science program at Boston University. My research examines the social communication skills of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are minimally verbal utilizing a research and applied perspective. This includes investigating the ways in which they are using different types of communication modalities: speech, gestures, signs, and augmentative and alternative communication devices during social-interactive contexts and how we can harness their strengths to further build upon their social communication repertoire. Presently, I am involved with a project investigating changes in social communication and expressive language skills in children with ASD in the context of a naturalistic, developmental behavioral intervention (JASPER; Joint Attention, Symbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation). As a certified JASPER interventionist, I work directly with children with ASD on key areas of social communication. My work as a JASPER interventionist extends to teaching caregivers of children with ASD specific JASPER strategies when engaging in play with their child.

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