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Measuring Interaction and Communication in Autism

Research Goal

This study is hoping to learn more about how autistic children who use minimal speech (i.e., mouth words) communicate during natural interactions at home with their caregivers. Specifically, we want to learn about moments where caregivers and their children are “in sync”, or are communicating back and forth, and the factors that are likely to promote being “in sync”. We believe that this work will help us better understand how social interaction can be shaped during everyday activities, play, or in therapy. Results from this project have implications for understanding development of social interaction skills in autism and for intervention strategies that utilize synchrony as an active ingredient.


Children ages 4-6 years old with a diagnosis of autism who use minimal speech and their caregivers (ages 18+) are invited to participate. Children should have normal or corrected hearing and vision and caregivers must be fluent in English to participate.

Study Dates

05/01/2024 - 05/31/2025


Midwest USA (ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, MI, IL, IN, OH)

Study Site

University of Kansas

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