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Data-Driven Multidimensional Modeling of Nonverbal Communication in Typical and Atypical Development

Clinical Trial Details

This study aims to develop and validate data-driven computational models of the temporal coordination and production of NVC behaviors during dyadic social interactions in TD, ASD, and DD children. We also aim to identify the fine-grained properties of coordination of motor movement and NVC captured by computational models that are most predictive of diagnostic group and one-year language outcomes. Finally, we will explore novel NVC coordination patterns via bottom-up clustering of motor 

Key Eligibility: 
  • Typically developing group: Aged 12-24 months, parents have no concerns about development, not yet speaking or speaking in less than full sentences. 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Delay groups: Aged 12-48 months, not yet speaking or speaking in less than full sentences. Must be able to walk independently in order to complete diagnostic assessment to confirm or rule out a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Confirmed or suspected diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental delay. 
  • Children who are talking in full sentences will not be included. Participants in the typically developing group must not have a sibling who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Study contact by location

Upper East Side - Manhattan


Elysha Clark Whitney

Primary Investigator(s)

Protocol ID(s)

Weill Cornell Medicine IRB #:



Open to Enrollment

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