The Attention and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab
The AtteND Lab invites children and adolescents (ages 4-17 years old) with and without autism to help us answer our research questions.
In gaining a better understanding of attentional strengths and weakness in autism and the differences in brain function that are associated with these processes, our goal is to create tools for earlier diagnosis, better treatment, and better outcomes for children and families affected by autism
To achieve these goals, we depend on children and families who are willing to donate their time and energy to our research projects.
To learn how you and your child can participate please call 765-496-0204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism & Behavior Intervention Lab (ABIL)
The mission of the Autism Behavior Intervention Lab [ABIL] is to investigate the mechanisms of action responsible for reductions in challenging behavior for children with autism and developmental disabilities and translate these principles into acceptable and feasible interventions in applied settings. We also focus on designing and evaluating interventions to improve core features of autism across the lifespan. In ABIL, we evaluate models to increase teachers’ meaningful involvement in challenging behavior assessment and intervention with children with developmental disabilities. The Autism Behavior Intervention Lab is led by Dr. Mandy Rispoli and Dr. Rose Mason. Graduate and Undergraduate students from across Purdue University participate in our lab.
To learn more you can visit the ABIL website here: https://abil.education.purdue.edu/
Measurement, autism, & child development (MAC) lab
The goal of the MAC lab is to improve outcomes for people on the autism spectrum by conducting research that tackles questions at multiple levels of analysis. This means using many different strategies to measure, predict, and understand the variability observed in development. Our techniques include using video to measure attention, physiology to measure responses to different experiences, observations to measure behavior, and parent and self-report to measure individual experiences. We use these techniques to examine both basic mechanisms and also experiences and outcomes currently faced by children and their families in the community.
Interested in learning more or getting involved? Email us at email@example.com.
Neurodevelopmental Family Lab
The Neurodevelopmental Family Lab is currently conducting multiple studies. For more information, please visit http://nddfamilylab.weebly.com/current-projects.html.
1) Early Phenotype Survey
The Early Phenotype Survey is a remotely-administered prospective, longitudinal study of infants and young children. Some participants have been diagnosed with rare genetic syndromes (e.g., Angelman, Fragile X, Prader-Willi, Williams syndromes), whereas others are members of the community without any known diagnoses. By partnering with families, our goal is to better understand (1) developmental strengths and needs of children with rare disorders and (2) early markers and pathways of risk for outcomes such as autism, anxiety, and attention problems.
2) Infant Development Study
The Infant Development Study aims to understand how children develop from infancy to preschool. We are particularly interested to learn how factors such as family, life experiences, and medical conditions (e.g., preterm birth, genetic disorders) might contribute to development. We study these early psychosocial and family development through lab-based and naturalistic activities (e.g., surveys, parent-child interactions, play, neural and physiological responses). Our participants bring to the study a variety of unique abilities, experiences, and needs. We love watching them grow each year!
3) Down Syndrome Study
The Down Syndrome Study aims to understand how infants with Down syndrome and their families develop over time. We are also interested in learning how researchers can better measure child development by empowering parents to take a more active role during research sessions. These in-person and remotely-administered activities enable us to better appreciate the unique experiences of each family and we love these collaborations!
Purdue Developmental Studies Laboratory
Research Opportunity for Infants and their Mothers Summer 2018
We are happy to report we will be offering local families a free social communication intervention at Purdue again this summer! In this parent-mediated intervention, we will work one-on-one with families to integrate supportive social and communication strategies into their everyday family routines (e.g., feeding, diaper changes, etc.). See below for specific details.
Eligibility: Any child developing at risk from 6 months to 6 years of age (examples include born preterm, sibling of a child with autism or another developmental concern, child born with a genetic syndrome like Trisomy 21 or Dup15Q, or any child that is showing signs of a social or communication delay). No formal diagnosis is required.
In-Clinic Enrollment: Eight one-on-one sessions at the M.D. Steer Speech-Language Clinic on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Each clinic visit will focus on a set family routine. Each visit will last approximately 75 minutes. Families will also complete three home visits at a time that is convenient. Clinic Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6, 13, 20.
Book-based Enrollment: If interested but concerned about scheduling travel to and from West Lafayette, or missing multiple sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we will also be enrolling families to participate as "book-based." Participation will still include the three in-home visits, but instead of the eight clinic visits, we will provide families the activity book to work on the targeted routines at home.
If interested in participating, please contact us by phone or email!