Linda Watson

Summary

Affiliation: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Location: Chapel Hill, USA
Grants:
Advancing Social-Communication and Play (ASAP): An Intervention for Preschoolers with Autism.” Research Grant, Institute of Education Sciences R324A110256, July 1, 2011-June 30, 2015. Co-Principal Investigator

“Efficacy of a Parent-Mediated Intervention for One-Year-Olds at-Risk for Autism.” Research Grant, Institute of Education Sciences R324A100305, July 1, 2010-June 30, 2014. Principal Investigator

“Predicting Useful Speech in Children with Autism.” Research Grant, National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders R01DC006893, via subcontract to Vanderbilt University. February 1, 2009-January 31, 2013. Site Principal Investigator.

“Sensory Experiences in Children with Autism.” Research Grant, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development R01HD042168, February 1, 2003-January 31, 2007; $333,000 July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008; July 1, 2008-June 30, 2013. Investigator.

“Social Communication and Symbolic Play Intervention for Preschoolers with Autism.” Research Grant, Institute of Education Sciences R324B070056, July 1, 2007-June 30, 2011. Principal Investigator.

“Early Intervention for Children Screened Positive for Autism by the First Year Inventory.” Research Grant, Autism Speaks, July1, 2007-June 30, 2010. Co-Principal Investigator.

“Auditory Orienting and Language Outcomes in Children with Autism.” Pilot Research Grant, National Alliance for Autism Research, July 1, 2004-June 30, 2006. Principal Investigator.

"Sensory-Motor and Social-Communicative Symptoms of Autism in Infancy." Pilot Research Grant, Cure Autism Now Foundation, September 1, 2000-Aurust 31, 2002. Co-principal Investigator.

"Criteria for Determining Disability in Speech-Language Disorders." Systematic Evidence Review Contract, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, August 7, 2000-February 6, 2002. Scientific Director.

"Variables Affecting Parents Speech to Autistic Children." Postdoctoral Fellowship, Individual National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Grant #5 F32 MH08708-02 ($32,000; September 1, 1982-May 16, 1985). Author and fellow. (100% FTE)

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Affective exchanges between young autistic children and their mothers
    G Dawson
    Psychology Department, University of Washington, Seattle 19895
    J Abnorm Child Psychol 18:335-45. 1990
  2. pmc Parent reports of sensory experiences of preschool children with and without autism: a qualitative study
    Virginia A Dickie
    Division of Occupational Science, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 7122, USA
    Am J Occup Ther 63:172-81. 2009
  3. doi request reprint Effectiveness of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) on communication and speech for children with autism spectrum disorders: a meta-analysis
    Michelle Flippin
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 19:178-95. 2010
  4. pmc Sensory features and repetitive behaviors in children with autism and developmental delays
    Brian A Boyd
    Division of Occupational Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA
    Autism Res 3:78-87. 2010
  5. pmc Behavioral and physiological responses to child-directed speech as predictors of communication outcomes in children with autism spectrum disorders
    Linda R Watson
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, CB 7190, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 7190, USA
    J Speech Lang Hear Res 53:1052-64. 2010
  6. doi request reprint Interventions targeting attention in young children with autism
    Elena Patten
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 313 Ferguson Building, Greensboro, NC 27402 6170, USA
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 20:60-9. 2011
  7. doi request reprint The impact of the Advancing Social-communication And Play (ASAP) intervention on preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder
    Jessica R Dykstra
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
    Autism 16:27-44. 2012
  8. pmc To what extent do joint attention, imitation, and object play behaviors in infancy predict later communication and intellectual functioning in ASD?
    Kenneth K Poon
    National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616, Singapore
    J Autism Dev Disord 42:1064-74. 2012
  9. pmc Differential associations between sensory response patterns and language, social, and communication measures in children with autism or other developmental disabilities
    Linda R Watson
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
    J Speech Lang Hear Res 54:1562-76. 2011
  10. pmc Behavioral and physiological responses to child-directed speech of children with autism spectrum disorders or typical development
    Linda R Watson
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, CB 7190, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 7190, USA
    J Autism Dev Disord 42:1616-29. 2012

Detail Information

Publications22

  1. ncbi request reprint Affective exchanges between young autistic children and their mothers
    G Dawson
    Psychology Department, University of Washington, Seattle 19895
    J Abnorm Child Psychol 18:335-45. 1990
    ..These findings suggest that the autistic child's unusual affective behavior may negatively affect the behavior of others...
  2. pmc Parent reports of sensory experiences of preschool children with and without autism: a qualitative study
    Virginia A Dickie
    Division of Occupational Science, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 7122, USA
    Am J Occup Ther 63:172-81. 2009
    ..Parents' positive response to the interview itself was an unexpected result with clinical relevance...
  3. doi request reprint Effectiveness of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) on communication and speech for children with autism spectrum disorders: a meta-analysis
    Michelle Flippin
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 19:178-95. 2010
    ..This meta-analysis reviews the current empirical evidence for PECS in affecting communication and speech outcomes for children with ASD...
  4. pmc Sensory features and repetitive behaviors in children with autism and developmental delays
    Brian A Boyd
    Division of Occupational Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA
    Autism Res 3:78-87. 2010
    ..These findings suggest that shared neurobiological mechanisms may underlie hyperresponsive sensory symptoms and repetitive behaviors and have implications for diagnostic classification as well as intervention...
  5. pmc Behavioral and physiological responses to child-directed speech as predictors of communication outcomes in children with autism spectrum disorders
    Linda R Watson
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, CB 7190, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 7190, USA
    J Speech Lang Hear Res 53:1052-64. 2010
    ..To determine the extent to which behavioral and physiological responses during child-directed speech (CDS) correlate concurrently and predictively with communication skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)...
  6. doi request reprint Interventions targeting attention in young children with autism
    Elena Patten
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 313 Ferguson Building, Greensboro, NC 27402 6170, USA
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 20:60-9. 2011
    ..The purpose of this article is to provide clinicians a description of attention characteristics in children with autism and discuss interventions thought to improve attention...
  7. doi request reprint The impact of the Advancing Social-communication And Play (ASAP) intervention on preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder
    Jessica R Dykstra
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
    Autism 16:27-44. 2012
    ..All participants showed either increases in frequency or more stability in targeted behaviors. Social validity results provide additional support for the use of ASAP with preschoolers with ASD...
  8. pmc To what extent do joint attention, imitation, and object play behaviors in infancy predict later communication and intellectual functioning in ASD?
    Kenneth K Poon
    National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616, Singapore
    J Autism Dev Disord 42:1064-74. 2012
    ..The two methods of measurement yielded similar results. Thus, early social communicative behaviors may play pivotal roles in the development of subsequent communication and intellectual functioning...
  9. pmc Differential associations between sensory response patterns and language, social, and communication measures in children with autism or other developmental disabilities
    Linda R Watson
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
    J Speech Lang Hear Res 54:1562-76. 2011
    ....
  10. pmc Behavioral and physiological responses to child-directed speech of children with autism spectrum disorders or typical development
    Linda R Watson
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, CB 7190, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 7190, USA
    J Autism Dev Disord 42:1616-29. 2012
    ..Reduced attention during CDS may restrict language-learning opportunities for children with autism. The heart rate findings suggest that young children with autism have a nonspecific elevated arousal level...
  11. doi request reprint Use of gesture development in profiling children's prelinguistic communication skills
    Elizabeth R Crais
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 7190, USA
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 18:95-108. 2009
    ..One area underutilized in profiling is gesture development, despite the fact that research has indicated that the amount and type of gesture use can help in early identification and is predictive of later language...
  12. ncbi request reprint Promoting literacy in students with ASD: the basics for the SLP
    Elizabeth Lanter
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, CB 7190 UNC CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 7190, USA
    Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch 39:33-43. 2008
    ..SLPs are encouraged to modify their role to include a literacy focus, not only because of inclusion and standardized reading tests, but also because SLPs offer skills to enrich the literacy skills of students with ASD...
  13. ncbi request reprint Following the child's lead: mothers' interactions with children with autism
    L R Watson
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599 7190, USA
    J Autism Dev Disord 28:51-9. 1998
    ..This nonrelated input may have reflected the mothers' attempts to adapt to their children's difficulties in attention and interaction...
  14. ncbi request reprint Criteria for determining disability in speech-language disorders
    A K Biddle
    Evid Rep Technol Assess (Summ) . 2002
  15. ncbi request reprint Object play in infants with autism: methodological issues in retrospective video analysis
    Grace T Baranek
    Division of Occupational Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599 7120, USA
    Am J Occup Ther 59:20-30. 2005
    ..Using a taxonomy of object play, this study describes methodological issues in using retrospective video analysis and computer-based coding as a research tool for early identification of autism...
  16. ncbi request reprint Sensory Experiences Questionnaire: discriminating sensory features in young children with autism, developmental delays, and typical development
    Grace T Baranek
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27599 7120, USA
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 47:591-601. 2006
    ....
  17. ncbi request reprint Analysis of social interaction gestures in infants with autism
    Siobhan E Colgan
    School of Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 27599, USA
    Child Neuropsychol 12:307-19. 2006
    ..Neither number of total gestures nor initiation of gestures (child-initiated vs. prompted) was significantly associated with autism status...
  18. ncbi request reprint Early identification of autism: how early can we go?
    Elizabeth R Crais
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA
    Semin Speech Lang 27:143-60. 2006
    ....
  19. ncbi request reprint The first year inventory: retrospective parent responses to a questionnaire designed to identify one-year-olds at risk for autism
    Linda R Watson
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, School of Medicine, The University of North Carolina, CB 7190, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599 7190, USA
    J Autism Dev Disord 37:49-61. 2007
    ..These retrospective data strengthen the validity of the FYI and have implications for refining the FYI to improve its utility for prospective screening of 12-month-olds...
  20. ncbi request reprint Hyperresponsive sensory patterns in young children with autism, developmental delay, and typical development
    Grace T Baranek
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
    Am J Ment Retard 112:233-45. 2007
    ..Implications for understanding pathogenesis, differentiating constructs of hypersensitivity, and planning treatment are discussed...
  21. ncbi request reprint A parent-report instrument for identifying one-year-olds at risk for an eventual diagnosis of autism: the first year inventory
    J Steven Reznick
    Psychology Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 3270, USA
    J Autism Dev Disord 37:1691-710. 2007
    ..A small percentage of infants appeared to be at notably elevated risk. Large-scale longitudinal research is warranted to determine whether the FYI can predict an eventual diagnosis of autism...
  22. pmc Communicative gesture use in infants with and without autism: a retrospective home video study
    Linda R Watson
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 22:25-39. 2013
    ..The authors aimed to compare gesture use in infants with autism with gesture use in infants with other developmental disabilities (DD) or typical development (TD)...