Last week, READi Lab research assistant Roya Baharloo presented a poster about infant social attention at the Cognitive Development Society Biennial Conference in Portland Oregon. In this photo, she is flanked by two fellow research assistants, Elyanah Posner and Katie Coddington, who took a road trip to Portland to support their buddy.
The Guardian recently posted a video about a fictional character named Layla, a teenager with ASD, who offers us a first-person perspective of her experience navigating a stressful social situation: a surprise birthday party.
“Look at all that food, touching other food…can the biscuits really be friends with the pasta salad? This is why I don’t fit in. I am the biscuit, they are the salad…you don’t belong on the same plate” her internal dialogue runs.
The video is based on a concept by the author Lucy Hawking and is written by Sumita Majumadar, an adult with ASD. Producers at The Guardian also conducted extensive interviews and focus groups with individuals with ASD and gathered information from the National Autistic Society, the Autism Research Trust, and the University of Cambridge Autism Research Centre in order to create a film to illustrate how an individual with ASD might perceive the world. Check out the full video below:
READi Lab Graduate Student, Lizzy Karp, and Research Coordinator, Katie Ragsdale, stand by to answer questions about their poster describing parents’ perceptions about participating in intervention research with their toddlers. This poster represented the Consortium of Early Childhood Intervention, one of CHDD’s Collaborative Research Areas.
ParentMap Magazine recently published an interview with READi Lab’s own Dr. Wendy Stone! The article discusses how she has worked with Sesame Street to help create Julia, the show’s first Muppet with autism. In the interview, Dr. Stone describes some of the considerations that went into developing the character, including the desire to avoid stereotypes and to highlight both similarities and differences from other children. Sesame Street has since used Julia as a platform to share educational outreach materials for teachers, parents, and families of children with autism. Check out the full interview here: https://www.parentmap.com/article/sesame-street-julia-wendy-stone
You may have seen our recent post about the Swim Team Documentary – a short film that chronicles three teenage boys with autism who are members of the New Jersey Hammerheads YMCA Swim Team. While this film has only been available to organizations able to host a screening in their area, the time has finally arrived for it to be available to the public! Set your DVR to record the special tonight, which airs at 1:00am PST on PBS. If you are unable to record or watch when it airs, personal copies of the documentary will be available for purchase starting tomorrow on the Swim Team official website: www.swimteamthefilm.com.