Developmental psychologist Teresa Mitchell, PhD, is fascinated by how children learn. Years ago, as a new behavioral analyst working at a school for the deaf, she noted the students compensated for what they could not hear with enhanced visual focus and perception.
The next speaker in the Shriver Center Colloquium Series, Micah Eckhardt, will present StoryScape: Empowering Children with Autism to Create Interactive, Illustrative Stories on Tuesday August 12. The colloquium is scheduled at noon in the Albert Sherman Center auditorium on the medical school campus.
A large population study is needed to find the true links between autism and obesity, Carol Curtin, MSW, a research assistant professor at UMass Medical School, told SFARI Autism News.
“Most large nationally representative datasets do not include children with autism," said Curtin, who has focused some of her work on the association between disabilities and weight. Existing studies rely on limited data from parents, she said.
UMass Medical School is one of two American universities to serve as a host institution for a European-Union-funded research program focused on developing new technologies to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability.
Amy Weinstock and Maura Buckley of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center talked to Charter TV3’s Worcester News Tonight about why they believe a new bill to extend coverage of autism treatment services under public health insurance plans is important for families across Massachusetts.
The research program, ASSISTID (Assistive Technologies for people with Autism and Intellectual Disability), aims to promote research into the development and application of assistive technologies. These technologies will enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities and autism, their care providers, and families.
Harry A. Mackay, PhD, of UMass Medical School's Shriver Center, will be honored for his contributions to the field of behavior analysis with a career award on Saturday, May 24 during the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s annual convention in Chicago, Ill.
Emily Rubin, Director of Sibling Support at the Shriver Center, is the recipient of the Excellence in Family Leadership Award by the Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL).
The Shriver Center recently received National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding through its collaborator, Praxis, Inc., to continue development and field-testing of a comprehensive emergency preparedness and response curriculum aimed at planning for the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, Family Faculty in the Shriver Center LEND Program and Instructor of Family Medicine and Community Health has been reappointed to serve as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Act Early Ambassador to Massachusetts for a two-year term.
The Act Early Ambassador project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to improve early identification practices related to autism and developmental disorders.