Special Note:

Improve facial expression recognition

Investigator: Tinita Ortega, MS, CCC-SLP (ASHA certified to practice speech pathology and licensed to practice in Washington, DC and Maryland)
Affiliation: Howard University
Who is eligible?
Children with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism between the ages of 8 and 11 years

What will the study involve?
1. Eligibility assessment: no more than 1 hour in duration
2. Twice a week individual therapeutic sessions (to take place at your home or in the University's clinic): 45 min to 1 hour in duration, for approximately 10 weeks
3. Three assessments of skills learned: to take place at 1 week and 2 weeks after therapeutic sessions are completed
-- this intervention will be offered at no cost to participants

What is the aim of the study?
The study aims to improve the ability of your child to recognize emotions from facial expressions, which is often an area of difficulty for children with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism. Six emotions will be targeted, and the study will incorporate several teaching modalities (e.g., pictures, videos) to help your child improve his/her emotion recognition skills. Intervention will also include several breaks and fun activities to help keep your child engaged and learning!

Please contact Tinita Ortega, MS, CCC-SLP by e-mail at Tortega.speech@gmail.com for further details.