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Project Title

Project Title

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

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Connolly, John

Description

Description

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.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2009-2011

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1LC. Identify and develop measures to assess at least three "continuous dimensions" (e.g., 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.

Project Link

Project Link

Innovative assessment methods for autism: A proof of principle investigation of “nonverbal” autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

McMaster University

State/Country

State/Country

Canada

Project Number

Project Number

7276

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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