Verbal shift social assessment application development (VSSA-AppDev)

Jodene Fine, Associate Professor; Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education

Children with high functioning autism (HFA) prefer verbal over nonverbal communication. By using children’s responses to video reenactments of social interaction, the researchers will gather pilot data to prepare for a large-scale effort to obtain funding to produce an iPad application for assessment of HFA that could be used by school and clinical psychologists. Data collected will provide evidence that the “verbal shift” of children with HFA can be reliably measured and that this difference can reliably predict the probability of autism in children who are likely to suffer from longstanding mis- and non-diagnosis.

Principal Investigators

  1. Jodene Fine, Assistant Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University

Co-Investigators

  1. Richard Enbody, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University
  2. Mark Reckase, University Distinguished Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University
  3. 
Fred Shic, Assistant Professor, in Child Study Center and of Computer Science; Director, Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL); Co-Director, Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory (YESCog), Yale University