The goal of the research program is to understand why some people with autism spectrum disorder fail to acquire spoken language. The studies are designed to advance knowledge of who these children and adolescents are (how they interpret spoken language; how they communicate; how they process social information; other aspects of their behavior, etc.); how their brains initiate sounds and speech. Researchers are also developing novel methods for assessing the children that are individualized to the specific profiles and interests of each participant. Researchers investigate these questions in the context of a novel intervention for younger school-aged children in which they can explore behavioral and brain markers that may predict who benefits most from the intervention. The specific project that will be focus of the summer research activity involves learning more about the children and adolescents by testing and analyzing their behavioral patterns, including their processing of social videos.