Dr Anneli Kylliainen, Academy Research Fellow, Tampere University, Finland, and Dr Terhi Helminen, Lecturer, and Head, Psychology Clinic, Tampere University, Finland.
The Autism and Gaze –project from Tampere University, Finland, will be presented. They have used eye tracking, heart rate deceleration and EEG frontal asymmetry to measure responses to direct gaze in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In addition, they will present the findings of their pilot intervention in which the parents were thought to tempt eye contact from their child with ASD.
Dr Anneli Kylliainen is Academy Research Fellow from Tampere University, Finland. In her Autism and Gaze –project, she has studied psychophysiological responses to direct gaze in young children with autism spectrum disorder. The project also included a parent-led pilot intervention in which the parents were taught to motivate their child to make eye contact in everyday situations. Currently, the project is expanded to study whether psychophysiological responses to direct gaze can be used as additional early markers to aid the early detection of toddlers with autistic behaviour. Dr Kylliainen is also a clinical neuropsychologist and a trainer of ADOS-2 and ADI-R. In addition to autism research, she is participating in the CHILD-SLEEP project, which investigates the long-term significance of early sleep for cognitive, social and emotional development.
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anneli_Kylliaeinen
Dr Terhi Helminen is a researcher and clinical neuropsychologist, working with children with autism and with other developmental difficulties. Currently she is working as a university lecturer and as a head of a psychology clinic at the Tampere University, combining research, clinical work and teaching in her daily work.
In her PhD dissertation that was completed 2017, Dr Helminen focused on physiological responses to eye contact in typical adults and in children with and without ASD (https://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/101652). She has worked in the Autism and Gaze –project and used a wide range of psychophysiological methods (heart rate, skin conductance, pupillometry, EEG) and eye tracking in experimental research. She is also a trainer of ADOS-2 and ADI-R and familiar with interventions related to autism.
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Terhi_Helminen
Session Chair: Dr. Sam Wass, School of Psychology
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