Speech and Language

Helping Autistic Adults Navigate Social Situations Through the Power of Language

The Center for Autism Research (CAR) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are actively providing research opportunities, as well as support and resources, to adults with ASD. For the scientists at CAR’s Quantitative Linguistics Lab (QL2), the goal is to analyze data from thousands of vocal samples to identify a language marker to evaluate treatment success. ...

It’s More Than Sounds – How ASD Affects Word Choice and Speech Rate

A team of scientists from the Quantitative Linguistics Lab (QL2) at the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), led by Julia Parish-Morris, PhD, are examining speech samples from hundreds of children with the goal of determining how verbal interactions change over developmental time, how these interactions differ in individuals with autism, and what kinds of interventions can help individuals reach their maximum potential. ...

Girls, Boys and the Language of Autism

Cultural norms profoundly influence the ways we believe boys and girls “should” typically play, interact socially, and communicate. For example, cultural norms would predict that from a basket of toys, boys would pick the cars and trucks, while girls would choose the dolls. ...

Babies, Babbles and ASD

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects an individual’s social interaction and communication, among other behaviors. Although language impairment is not a core feature of ASD, many individuals on the autism spectrum struggle with using language appropriately in social contexts. ...

It’s not what you say, but how you say it

Parents and therapists have long known that even when individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) meet normal language milestones, there is still something odd or different about the way they talk. It is sometimes hard “to put a finger on” what exactly differs in the language of a person with ASD. ...