AUTISTIC COMMUNICATION, ENGAGEMENT, AND RELATIONSHIPS
The ACER lab is dedicated to studying the complex social experiences of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
We research topics such as face-to-face interaction, the ways in which children and caregivers engage together with toys and how this influences children’s development, the school experiences of children and youth with ASD, and children’s understanding of friendships.
We use a variety of methods and data sources to explore these topics, including quantitative analyses of video observations, quantitative and qualitative analyses of interviews and surveys, and discourse/conversation analysis, among others.
In our research, we are committed to a neurodiversity framework; an understanding that ASD is a neurological difference that should be respected as a form of human diversity. This means that we focus our research efforts on supporting, not curing or normalizing, autistic children and youth. We are also committed to prioritizing and respecting the voices of autistic people in our work.
Meet the Team
- Ashley Antwi, Master of Public Health student at Emory University
- Jessica Barnes
- Jennifer Byron
- Chelsey Carroll, Psy.D. Student at William James College
- Christopher Cruz
- Linnea Joffe-Nelson
- Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Assistant Professor at Lesley University
- Becca Louick, Assistant Professor at St. John’s University
- Maryam Moravvej Farshi
- Haerin Park, Ph.D. student at Boston College
- David Schatz
- Kana Umagami, Ph.D. student at University College London
- Rachel White
Bottema-Beutel, K., Woynaroski, T., Louick, R., Keefe, E.S., Watson, L.R., & Yoder, P.J. (in press). Longitudinal associations across vocabulary modalities in children with autism and typical development. Autism.
Bottema-Beutel, K., Lloyd, B., Watson, L., & Yoder, P.J. (2018) Bidirectional influences of caregiver utterances and supported joint engagement in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 11, 755 – 765.