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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
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $72,116.00
Current Award Period 2009-2011
Project Number 7276
Principal Investigator Connolly, John
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Subcategory Symptomology
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1LC. Identify and develop measures to assess at least three "continuous dimensions" (i.e., social reciprocity, communication disorders, and repetitive/restrictive behaviors) of ASD symptoms and severity that can be used by practitioners and/or families to assess response to intervention for people with ASD across the lifespan by 2016. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,500,000 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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