Welcome to the Infant Communication Lab

The Infant Communication Lab studies the nature and development of the relationship between motor activity, postural control, communication, and language in infants at risk for autism and infants with no such risk.

Current projects focus on four major topics:

  • How changes in motor activity and postural control relate to advances in other developmental domains
  • How motor planning develops over time
  • How communication, gesture, and language develop over time in infants
  • How caregivers’ communication with infants changes over time

What makes our lab unique:

Our use of wrist sensors and a pressure sensitive mat to record a child’s arm movement and weight distribution while sitting and reaching for objects.

Featured Research From Our Lab

  • Early gesture and vocabulary in infant siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    Patterns of growth in gesture use distinguish between infant siblings later identified with language delay from those with an ASD diagnosis.
  • The relation between walking and language in infant siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    Infants later diagnosed with ASD do not exhibit growth in language following the onset of walking.
  • Responses to changing contingencies in infants at high and low risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    Infants at both high and low risk for ASD adjusted their behavior to changing contingencies during the first year of life. However, HR infants, and particularly those later diagnosed with ASD, did not appear to generalize their learning from one interaction to the next.