Autism and Language Development
Dr. Barber’s primary research interests involve early identification and intervention with young children who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The goal of Dr. Barber’s research on early identification is to contribute to effective surveillance and screening practices in pediatrician offices. Her intervention research focuses on peer mediated play interventions with very young children with ASD. The goals of this intervention are to improve social initiations and motivations and to decrease repetitive play behaviors in toddlers with ASD. In addition, Dr. Barber is interested in the differences between early language profiles of children who have ASD, children who have specific language impairment, and children who are late talkers.