AUTISM - Non-invasive tools for early detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders are often not diagnosed until children reach 3-4 years of age. Yet 50% of parents of children with ASDs report that they suspected a problem before their child was 1 year of age, thus a more precocious diagnosis seems possible. Our project aims at testing new and non-invasive tools for an earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and potentially a number of other developmental disabilities.
PREMM - PReterm Early Maternal Massage
During the first weeks of life, while in a neonatal nursery, preterm babies are exposed to a more stressful environment than they would experience in the womb as well as a reduced amount of skin-to-skin contact. Massage studies have shown positive effects in preterm babies, although still little is known on their mechanisms. We want to determine what are the real effects of preterm massage on brain development and infant attachment.
UPBEAT - UPper Limb Baby Early Action-observation Training
The best way to learn a new motor skill, is to look at people who can already do it. But is this also true for
infants? And, can we help infants with motor problems by teaching them how to do it? This research aims to
answer these questions by studying training based on the observation of parent's actions by infants with and without brain damage.