Dr. Diane Williams speaking on Language Processing in Autism


  • Categories: Lectures
  • Event posted: Jan. 15, 2013
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

The University of Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing and Child Language Program Graduate Student Organization presents a talk in their Meet the Expert series entitled "Language Processing in Autism: Insights from Functional Imaging" by Dr. Diane Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Dr. Williams is an associate professor in the department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University. An abstract of her talk can be found below. The talk will begin at 3pm in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union on campus and will be followed immediately by a reception. This event is free and open to the public. Community members are invited and encouraged to attend!

Abstract: Behavioral measures have provided limited understanding of the bases for the language differences in verbal, high-functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These individuals frequently score within the average range on standardized language measures even as they have difficulty with the comprehension and use of language in daily life. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a noninvasive methodology that has provided an unprecedented opportunity to examine the underlying neural processing while an individual performs a cognitive task. Functional MRI studies with young children, adolescents, and adults with ASD, using a variety of language tasks, have revealed differences in the way individuals with ASD process language even without differences in behavioral performance. These results, though preliminary, provide insight into the challenges associated with ASD in the comprehension and production of language.


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