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Simone Fernandez

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Start date

Feb 2012

Submission date

Feb 2016

Simone Fernandez

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An investigation of language and visual processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders using functional Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound


This research seeks to understand how language and visual functions develop in the brain of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In particular, this research examines whether language and visual processes in this special population is lateralised in the same way or in a different way to children developing typically. Another focus of this research is in determining the style of cognitive processing preferred by children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; are they visual thinkers or verbal thinkers?

Why my research is important

This research contributes to an understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying language and visual processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders. By understanding how children with Autism Spectrum Disorders acquire information best (verbally or visually), results from this research could be used to modify the way information is presented in therapy and classrooms to help them and remember it better.


  • Australian Research Council


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