The Marin Autism Collaborative held its 2011 Annual Meeting on April 2 at the Marin County Office of Education. Dr. Peter Mundy, from the UC Davis MIND Institute and the Department of Education, spoke on “Social Attention Impairments in Autism.”
Dr. Mundy provided a comprehensive history of autism and the role of joint attention as an indicator of autism and social impairments. Joint attention is a pivotal, gateway behavior, as it plays a key role in learning. Problems in joint attention lead to difficulties in learning both language and social skills. Dr. Mundy then went on to discuss the research-based interventions for school-age children and older children. There is still much work to be done in this area and Dr. Mundy is currently working on a virtual reality research project to help children and young adults learns these skills in a simulated environment.
For more information on the talk, contact Katrina Ferreyra, MAC Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.