In this webinar, which will take place January 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D., will explore language development in autism. Language is one of the most variable characteristics in children and adults with ASD. Some individuals acquire fluent age-appropriate language skills (though still have difficulties using language appropriately in social contexts); others acquire language but remain below expectations for their age; and almost one-third fail to acquire more than minimal spoken language skills. In this talk, Tager-Flusberg will review what is currently known about factors associated with these various outcomes from behaviors, to the brain, to genes. She will also discuss the significance of these findings for early evaluation and interventions targeting speech, language, and communication skills.
Who is Helen Tager-Flusberg?
Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Science at Boston University and the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. She is also the Director of the Center for Autism Research Excellence at Boston University. As director, Dr. Tager-Flusberg oversees the main activities of the center’s research programs. She has a long-standing interest in language and social-cognitive development in various populations, including autism, Williams syndrome, and development language disorders. Dr. Tager-Flusberg holds a doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University.