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BEST THESIS

Year: 2018

Adviser: Reynalen C. Justo

Researchers:

     -- CRUZ, Charles Alfred Alunan

     -- DAVID, Leiana Jasmine Valdepeñas

     -- DE TORRES, Korina Fatima Natividad

Thesis Abstract

The purpose of this research is to identify a subtype of autism called Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVD). DVD is a motor-speech problem, disabling oral-motor movements needed for speaking. The first phase of the project involves a screening interview where we identify DVD and Non-DVD kids. We also use home videos to validate answers on the screening interview. The final phase involves home visits where we use several assessments to confirm the child's diagnosis and examine the connection between manual and oral motor challenges. By identifying DVD as a subtype of Autism, we will eliminate the assumption that all Autistics have the same characteristics. This will allow for more individual consideration of Autistic people and may direct future research on the genetic factors in autism.