Happenings at TAP
We are excited to share cutting edge research with our community so you can better know what is being done to understand autism and better serve individuals and families.
In three hours we made over 100 visual supports at our make-it take-it event. Big thank you to our interns, Anne Hall and Dr. DeThorne's students for making it a success. Also, we had fun talking to the Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority about autism. We are very grateful for their donation to TAP. We are so lucky to be on the University of Illinois campus and engage a new generation of young (soon to be) professionals and introduce them to the world of autism. Whether they become speech and language pathologists, business leaders, teachers, child life specialists, doctors, or engineers, we want them to see autism in their futures.
Spotlight on Community Resources
Part of the mission of TAP is to help spread word to the autism community about the resources and programming that is available in the area. We try to feature at least one program each month.
This winter break will be here before we know it. Do you need additional childcare? CUSR is offering a winter break camp for 7 year olds through high school graduates. The cost is $114 for residents and $171 for non-residents. The camp is held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm December 21-23 and 28-30 at Spalding Recreation center. Activities include playing games, cooking, creative projects, and a field trip. You can register here.
Spotlight on Research
Advancing the Social-communication and Play of Children with Developmental Disabilities: Why Assessment Matters
This last month, the Special Education Department at the University of Illinois hosted a Goldstick Family Lecture featuring Dr. Brian A. Boyd. Dr. Boyd's research highlights how many social skill programs fail to target the specific impairments of individuals and the unique contexts in which they live. In order for the needs of children to be met, it is important to assess their social behavior, understand the function, and tailor interventions around this analysis.
Research Participant Opportunities
At TAP, we are excited to support research from the University of Illinois. These are the projects that are currently recruiting participants.
Understanding Mealtimes on the Spectrum
This study targets parents of elementary and middle school children with autism and has two parts: (1) we record a family meal in the home and (2) we interview one parent and the child with autism. Families receive a $25 after the dinnertime observation and a $50 after the interviews. For more information call Sarah Curtiss at 217-300-5994 or go to the registration website.
A research project that teaches parents of young children (ages 2- 6) with autism or developmental delays to use naturalistic communication strategies to improve their children's communication skills .
5 online training modules
Receive one-on-one coaching
You receive $100 when you complete the project!
Contact Hedda: firstname.lastname@example.org 217.333.0260
Writing Practices Research
A graduate student in the Dept. of English is researching the writing practices of U of I students with an ASD. This project involves conducting interviews with students who self-identify as having an ASD and are interested in sharing their experiences with writing both in and outside of the classroom. Participants must be 18 or older, have an official ASD diagnosis and be a current or recent U of I graduate.
Contact: Pamela Saunders, email@example.com