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Novel methods for testing language comprehension in children with ASD  

This project will investigate the use of eye movements as a sensitive measure of language processing in young children with autism. Tracking eye movements is routinely used to measure comprehension in normally developing preverbal infants. The feasibility of using this method with preschool-aged autistic children will be evaluated using a series of experimental tasks to test the children's comprehension of various language structures (nouns, verbs, relational language, noun phrases, verb phrases, and word order). Performance on eye-tracking measures will be compared to standardized test scores to test the hypothesis that children with autism will show significantly greater comprehension of spoken language when tested using eye-movement measures than when evaluated on standard tests. Children will be invited to return six months after their initial testing to repeat the experiments and test the sensitivity of eye-tracking measures to developmental changes in language knowledge. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $82,537.00
Current Award Period 2008-2011
Project Number 2468
Principal Investigator Tager-Flusberg, Helen
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Subcategory Early Signs and Biomarkers
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1SB. Validate and improve the sensitivity and specificity of new or existing screening and diagnostic tools, including comparative studies of general developmental screening versus autism-specific screening tools, in both high-risk and population-based samples, including those from resource-poor international settings and those that are diverse in terms of age, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, characteristics of ASD, and general level of functioning by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,400,000 over 3 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Boston University
State/Country Massachusetts
Web Link 1 Novel methods for testing language comprehension in children with ASD (External web link)
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