Check out recent research findings from our lab that are highlighted in a recent edition of Spectrum!
Beginning February 28th through March 1st of 2017, the annual event, “National Fragile X Foundation Advocacy Day” will be taking place. Our research lab advocates for the National Fragile X Foundation by hosting a Fragile X Awareness Walk annually at Northwestern University.
Autism Speaks, New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA) and the Poses Family Foundation are expanding an innovative program to hire, train, and retain employees on the autism spectrum. Our research lab partners with Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University, which provides students with autism, who are in their last year of high school, [...]
On Monday, October 24th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, the Department of Communication Science and Disorders and the Department of Radio/Television Film at Northwestern University will be hosting the film screening and panel discussion for the award-winning documentary LIFE, ANIMATED, which depicts a man with autism, who uses animated films to learn communication skills.
Results of a recent study indicate that younger siblings are 14 times more likely to develop autism if an older sibling has autism. These findings are particularly relevant to our NIH-funded family studies of autism that focus on understanding the transmission of autism and subtle autism traits over generations.
A powerful new machine-learning approach has been developed to analyze the entire human genome. Putting this to use to study autism resulted in the identification of over 2000 new genes that may be linked to autism. These exciting results will inform the studies in our lab by providing new genetic targets that identify the genes [...]
Several students from Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism program at Northwestern University, a transition to employment program for students with autism, have graduated from the program. Our research team had the wonderful opportunity of supervising several of these students, who previously interned in our research lab!
A retailer store has launched a range of school wear options that take into consideration the sensory needs of children with autism. One of our research projects includes tasks that address sensory sensitivity and tactile perception in families of individuals with autism. If interested in contacting us to learn more, click here: http://ndl.northwestern.edu/contact-us-visit-us/
Language use and development is a primary focus of the research in our lab, so we were excited to see new findings from a study examining children with autism who are raised in bilingual environments. This study showed that bilingual children with autism acquire vocabularies that are just as rich as monolingual children with autism. [...]
A recent study showed that the use of photos, often of animals, can help teens and young adults with autism to more easily share accounts of their experiences and difficulties transitioning out of school and into the adult world. This exciting research contributes to ongoing efforts in our lab to facilitate the transition into adulthood [...]