Archive for the ‘Social skills’ Category

robot-with-kidJune 28, 2017 – DALLAS, TX – Skill Sprout, LLC is proud to announce their collaboration Dr. Diana Sarko, Assistant Professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to conduct a research study to help understand how typically developing children, and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), process visual and auditory stimuli (sights and sounds) together.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Skill Sprout in their continued mission to support children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. We hope that these research studies will help us to better understand the social and sensory worlds of these children so that we can work towards improving therapeutic outreach,” said Dr. Sarko, Assistant Professor of SIU.

The study is targeted towards children ages 12-17. It takes 2 hours or less, during which the participant will be asked to answer some questions and complete a series of computer “games” involving videos of people and robots. Skill Sprout will host the research study at their Farmers Branch location, in which Dr. Sarko will perform her research with participants recruited through Skill Sprout. There will also be a Skill Sprout staff member present during the scheduled appointment.

“We appreciate being able to support Dr. Sarko’s research in this area as social skills is a key area of deficits for children on the autism spectrum,” said Amy Shymansky, CEO of Skill Sprout.

There will also be a Skill Sprout staff member present during the scheduled appointment. All participants will receive $30 gift cards for their time and participation. For more information, please contact Taylor Valentine, Lead Marketing Assistant at 214-455-2368 or email tvalentine@skillsprout.com.

About Skill Sprout:

Skill Sprout provides premier educational, behavioral, and rehabilitation services and supports to children and young adults from birth to 25 years of age with a wide range of abilities and needs. We strive to provide an exceptional experience that centers on progressive best practices and an individualized, family-centered plan of care with the aim to improve the quality of life for every family we serve. We will be a beacon of progress, independence, and hope in the communities we serve.

About Southern Illinois University:

Southern Illinois University was founded in 1869 as the state’s second teachers college – with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143 – SIU Carbondale is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University System. It is a strong, diverse, student-centered research-intensive and comprehensive university that recently earned the prestigious 2015 community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


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