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Connie Kasari

Joint Attention and Joint Engagement

Presented By:
Connie Kasari, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Center for Autism Research and Treatment, Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior
November 1, 2022

Dr. Connie Kasari is a professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a leading international expert in developing interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Her research focuses on targeted interventions for early social communication development in at-risk infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with autism, and peer relationships for school-aged children with autism, leading to the recognition of her therapy JASPER as an established evidence-based ASD treatment. Dr. Kasari is also the author of The JASPER Model for Children with Autism: Promoting Joint Attention, Symbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation.

Social communication is a core area of difficulty for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children with ASD express fewer gestures to communicate and may be less engaged with others. This webcast will review early core challenges in social communication, including joint attention, among young children with ASD and describe different types of engagement states. As educators play a role in teaching gestures and joint attention, this webcast will also review how to support the development of social communication skills in the context of play routines and describe specific interventions that target joint attention and joint engagement.