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Innovative assessment methods for autism: A proof of principle investigation of "nonverbal" autism  

Many individuals living with autism spectrum disorders are non-verbal; that is, they cannot functionally communicate with others using their voice. Despite this substantial fraction, we still know very little about these individuals, their abilities, and their needs. The investigators in this proposal will use cognitive event-related brain potentials (ERPs) recorded in a structured protocol to evaluate cognitive function in non-verbal individuals with autism, including individuals with autism who use alternate means of communication. These methods were originally developed for assessing brain-injured people who have received diagnoses of "vegetative state" and "locked-in" syndrome and are expected to provide a rigorous means of demonstrating speech comprehension at different levels of sophistication and related cognitive functions. Project Status
NEW

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $72,116.34
Project Number 7279
Principal Investigator Connolly, John
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Strategic Plan Objective New! Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 2LB. Launch at least three studies which evaluate the applicability of ASD phenotype and/or biological signature findings for performing diagnosis, risk assessment, or clinical intervention by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $7,200,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution McMaster University
State/Country Canada
Web Link 1 Innovative assessment methods for autism: A proof of principle investigation of "nonverbal" autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
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