Dr. Siller published the first pair of longitudinal studies to show that responsive parental behaviors reliably predict the long-term (16-year!) language gains in children with autism, and completed two clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of Focused Playtime Intervention, a parent-coaching intervention that aims to improve the quality of parent-child communication during shared toy play. In addition, Dr. Siller has collaborated with primary care and Early Head Start providers to enhance early identification of autism in ethnically diverse and low resource communities. His articles have been published in a number of leading journals including Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and the Journal of Early Intervention.
Currently, Dr. Siller collaborates with his colleagues at Marcus Autism Center to develop, evaluate, and implement community-viable educational innovations for children, adolescents, and young adults with autism in Georgia and beyond.
Avi Gates, an active, independent 3-year-old, does not have autism. But for two years, she was a participant in an autism research study aimed at changing the very nature of the disease. Learn why Avi's parent's chose to participate in autism research.
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