Videos From Autism Science Foundation Annual Day of Learning
The Day of Learning at the Autism Science Foundation (ASF), is a TED-style science conference that brings together leading autism researchers to present new findings to members of the autism community. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Day of Learning was held virtually. Over 800 people from across the world took part in the event.
Below are links to recorded presentations paired with ways to learn more on topics on the INformation Network website.
Do We Need New Terms for Autism? – Dr. Catherine Lord – School of Medicine at UCLA
Dr. Lord called for a new term: “profound autism.” Announced publicly for the first time at the Day of Learning, the term is intended to help individuals with the highest level of needs gain access to appropriate services and to increase research participation by this understudied subpopulation.
Read More: What is ASD?
Autism Research in 2020: What Do We Know? What Do We Need? – Dr. James McPartland – Yale Child Study Center
Dr. McPartland explains that many of the advancements made this year amid the pandemic will benefit individuals on the autism spectrum long after the current crisis is over.
Developing Personalized Social Interventions for Adolescents with Autism – Dr. Matthew Lerner – Stony Brook University
Dr. Matthew Lerner explained how he and his team are moving toward an “evidence-based menu” of interventions to develop social skills in adolescents with autism, which will allow families to take more targeted actions to improve outcomes.
Read More: Transition
Is ABA Passe? – Dr. Melanie Pellecchia – University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Pellecchia outlined some of the historic problems of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and showed how increased knowledge of childhood development has significantly improved the practice in recent years, with a greater emphasis on fun, play-based therapy sessions and a de-emphasis on “teacher-led, didactic” sessions.
Read More: Applied Behavior Analysis
Research on Adults with Autism in Natural Settings – Dr. Vanessa Hus Bal – Rutgers University
Dr. Hus Bal argued that while support for adults with autism often focuses on the transition to adulthood and associated milestones, there is not enough being done to provide adults with ongoing support throughout their lives.
Read More: Adulthood and Aging
Robots as Autism Therapy Partners – Dr. Brian Scasselatti – Yale University
Dr. Scassellati demonstrated the powerful effect that robots can have as autism therapy partners and explained what parents should look for in evaluating these solutions.
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