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Project Title

Project Title

Sensory integration and language processing in autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Silverman, Laura

Description

Description

Current theories in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) research suggest that difficulties integrating information across sensory modalities may be at the heart of the disorder. The ability to integrate information across sensory modalities is essential for successful social and communicative functioning in everyday life. Therefore impaired sensory integration abilities in autism could contribute to the core social and communicative impairments that typify the disorder. In this study, researchers will conduct a series of experiments designed to characterize audio-visual integration of gesture, speech, and non-speech sounds in high-functioning autism to test whether these abilities are related to current functioning and expression of symptom severity in autism. Participants will be 30 individuals with high functioning autism and 30 well-matched controls between the ages of 13 and 20. The time course of sensory integration will be measured using eye-tracking methodologies that record visual fixations during computer-based tasks involving gesture, speech, and musical notes. Additional measures of sensory integration abilities will include accuracy scores on video-based tasks, reaction time data, and note duration estimates on music perception tasks involving co-expressive performance gestures. Findings from this study will have direct implications for understanding the core deficits in autism and for designing the next generation of sensory integration therapies.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

149556

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2010-2013

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

Sensory integration and language processing in autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Rochester

State/Country

State/Country

New York

Project Number

Project Number

5R03DC010891-03

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Sensory integration and language processing in autism | 149435 | 2011 | 5R03DC010891-02

 
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