This study aims to understand how autistic people perceive, learn, and process information differently, in particular in a world of more or less predictable changes.
Lego, being a highly systematic toy, is a particularly rewarding toy for autistic children and has been shown to improve social skills. We have summarised our work evaluating Lego Therapy in a new manual.
The MRC Autism Imaging Multicentre Study (AIMS) was the first multi-centre MRI study of autism in the UK, using Magnetic Resonance Imaging to research differences in brain and cognition in autistic people.
Rates of depression and anxiety are high in autistic people. This was the first large scale study to determine risk of suicidal behaviour in autistic adults.
Synaesthesia appears more common in autistic people. We are working with the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands to identify and characterise genes that may make people more susceptible to developing synaesthesia.
The Transporters is an animated series which aims to help autistic children to look at the human face and to learn about emotions. This study looked at the effectiveness of this approach and if emotion recognition can be taught.
The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST), was developed to as a screening measure in a population prevalence study of autism in UK primary schools.
It has been suggested that rates of autism are higher in areas with lots of jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). This study aimed to determine the prevalence of autism among children in three regions in the Netherlands.