ROAR Lecture: The Evolving Role of Technology in the Lives of Children with Autism

October 10, 2013, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211


Dr. Shic will discuss the following:

  • Preliminary results from a Phase I SBIR with Handhold Adaptives on “SpeechPrompts”, an application to help children with vocal prosody.
  • Some results from the field of social robotics, showing some evidence that the presence of a social robot can increase communication by children with ASD with others.
  • Our qualitative experiences running a game to teach “Video game creation” to adults with autism and Asperger’s (specifically in regards to how this program was able to get the students to participate and be involved in the class)
  • Our experiences working with a non-profit organization to create an AAC application for children with ASD.
  • Our experiences building our own eye-trackers... the trials, tribulations, and preliminary results.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Frederick Shic

Frederick Shic, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Shic's current research interests include applications of eye-tracking to the study of the social and cognitive development in infants, toddlers, and children with ASD, the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in the investigation of the neurochemical bases of ASD, and the exploration of new technologies and methodologies for enriching both our understanding of ASD and the lives of children with ASD and their families.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Shic was an associate research scientist under Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska, director of the Infant and Toddlers Developmental Disabilities Clinic and the Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory. Prior to this, Dr. Shic completed an NIMH T32 training program in childhood neuropsychiatric disorders led Drs. James Leckman and Elena Grigorenko. Dr. Shic received his doctorate in Computer Science from Yale University and an undergraduate degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences from the California Institute of Technology.

During his graduate work, Dr. Shic developed computational and mathematical approaches for analyzing eye-tracking data, with a focus on what these techniques can tell us about the social and cognitive development of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Prior to this, Dr. Shic was software engineer at the Sony Interactive Studios of America, and, later, a researcher at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes, where he conducted research in 1H and 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), developing techniques for quantifying and visualizing brain metabolism and neurochemistry.

This is a FREE training for parents, family members, and professionals. Registration is required.


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