Research Team Receives Editors’ Award from the American Journal of SLP

Speech and Hearing Sciences Professors Linda Watson and Betsy Crais, Occupational Science Professor Grace Baranek, and Speech and Hearing Sciences PhD graduates Jessica Dykstra and Kaitlyn Wilson authored an article that received the 2013 Editors’ Award from the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Research Team Receives Editors’ Award from the American Journal of SLP click to enlarge Clockwise starting from left: Grace Baranek, Betsy Crais, Linda Watson, Jessica Dykstra and Kaitlyn Wilson

The article, titled "Communicative Gesture Use in Infants With and Without Autism: A Retrospective Home Video Study," compared the use of gestures in infants with autism to infants with other developmental disabilities or with typical development.

By viewing videos, researchers determined that at 9-12 months infants with autism were less likely to use joint attention gestures than infants with other developmental disabilities or typical development.  At this age, infants with autism also were less likely to use behavior regulation gestures than were children with typical development.   At 15-18 months, infants with autism were less likely than infants with developmental disabilities to use social interaction or joint attention gestures, and less likely than infants with typical development to use behavior regulation, social interaction, or joint attention gestures.  The authors concluded “differences in gesture use in infancy have implications for early autism screening, assessment, and intervention."

Wilson (MS-SLP Class of 2006 and 2012 PhD graduate) is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD).  Dykstra (MS-SLP Class of 2004 and 2013 PhD graduate) is an investigator at the Frank Porter Graham Institute working with the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

The Editors’ Award will be presented at the ASHA conference in November.

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