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Communicative Repair Produced by Preschoolers With and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder

I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and PhD Candidate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I am currently working on recruiting families of children with autism spectrum disorder to participate in my dissertation research study. I would value the opportunity to provide information to families via the research page of the AUSM website.

Here is a bit more about my study:

Broadly, my dissertation project examines how preschool age children with autism spectrum disorder initiate requests for communicative repair during a shared book reading activity and how their performance compares to their typically developing peers.

Who can participate?

Children who are:
- 4 years; 0 months - 4 years; 11 months
- medical diagnosis of ASD
- expressive and receptive language skills within an average range
- cognitive skills within an average range
- monolingual English language speakers

Participants who are likely to meet inclusion criteria will be those whose primary challenges are social communication skills but whose structural language does not differ significantly from their peers.

What will participants be asked to do?

Participants will be asked to complete two research sessions. During the first session, they will take two standardized assessments to measure their expressive and receptive language skills and nonverbal cognitive skills. Participants will also have their hearing screened and complete a very short (~5 min) criterion-referenced assessment of their perspective-taking skills. During the second session, participants will complete a shared book reading activity with me. During the book reading, we will read the book and I will ask the child some questions about the story. We will also play with some objects related to the book and look at and talk about the pictures in the book. This activity will last about 20 minutes.

What about parents?

Parents will be asked to complete to surveys related to their child's development, across domains, including their social skill development.

Where will the research sessions take place?

We would like to conduct the research sessions where it is most convenient for the participants and their families. Many families choose to have the sessions at their home but some families have completed them at their preschool or clinic where they receive services.

If families are interested in participating or have questions about the study, they can contact me directly:

Hannah Julien
612-670-8655
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