What Do We Study?

We want to understand how people use their head, eye, and body movements together:

Many people with ASD have differences in eye movement and gaze.  Some people with ASD have specific trouble using vision to guide their movement.  This is called visuomotor integration.  Visuomotor integration is important for many tasks of daily living, like making a sandwich, walking or playing sports, and driving a car.

Many people with ASD have differences in body movement and coordination.  They might be called “clumsy” or “uncoordinated”.  Some people with ASD may also receive a diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder (in the past, this was called dyspraxia), because of the level of difficulty they have with movement and coordination.

To answer questions about how people with ASD might be different from people without ASD, or from people with other developmental disorders like DCD, we use:

  • Neuropsychological assessments
  • Developmental motor assessments
  • Vision screening
  • Mobile eye-tracking
  • Virtual environments
  • Full-body motion-capture
  • Force plates

We want to study visuomotor integration in “real world” settings:

We use several different 3D environments and games to test visuomotor integration, to create conditions that are similar to real-world demands on attention and performance.

Participating in research in our virtual environment is like playing a life-sized video game – we want it to be a fun and engaging experience for people of all ages!

Social Stories

Want to know what participation in our studies looks like? Look through some of our social stories!

These are representative of the types of tasks you might do if you participate in one of our lab studies or community studies.  There may be some differences between studies – you will receive information about the details of your specific participation before you sign any forms.

This page was last modified on March 30, 2018