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Project Title

Project Title

Novel methods for testing language comprehension in children with ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Tager-Flusberg, Helen

Description

Description

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.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

150000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

na

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

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 comparison of general developmental screening versus autism-specific screening tools, in both high risk and population-based samples through studies of the following community populations that are diverse in terms of age, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, characteristics of ASD, and general level of functioning by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,400,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Novel methods for testing language comprehension in children with ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Boston University

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

2468

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Novel methods for testing language comprehension in children with ASD | 82537 | 2010 | 2468
Novel methods for testing language comprehension in children with ASD | 150000 | 2008 | 2468
Novel methods for testing language comprehension in children with ASD | 127500 | 2011 | 2468

 
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