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Welcome

We are the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Psychology. Under the direction of Dr. Grace Iarocci, we conduct research on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and other Developmental Disabilities.

Please feel free to explore our webpage for news, publications, and opportunities to participate in research.

Active and Safe Play: Having fun while staying safe - July 15, 2017 1pm-3pm

Dr. Lise Olsen, Registered Nurse and Associate Professor at UBC Okanagan, promotes healthy and safe child development within a family and community context. She focuses on child injury prevention, promotion of physical activity for children and families, and understanding the experiences of parents who have a child living with a chronic condition or disability.  A main focus is on the needs of families who have a child living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Crystal Shannon completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Thompson Rivers University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna. Since 2009, she has worked with Kamloops Infant Development Society helping families and their children birth to three years old who are at risk for or suffer from developmental delays. Crystal has a background in public health nursing and values a family-centred approach in her work. Crystal is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, a Circle of Security Parenting Trainer, and is also a Child Passenger Safety Educator.

Mission Statement

The director, students, and staff of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab are committed to maximizing the quality of life and social development for children with and without developmental disabilities. We believe in the full inclusion of all children in society. We believe that research is needed to achieve this ideal of inclusion.

Our research focuses on how children learn to act appropriately in social situations and how families and communities can support the development of social competence. We recognize the significant challenges to social inclusion faced by children with developmental disabilities such as ASD and Down syndrome and our research is designed to produce information to address these challenges through better awareness, understanding, and teaching strategies.

The research at ADDL has been funded by the Canadian Tri-Councils (SSHRC, CIHR, & NSERC), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Human Early Partnership, and the Laurel Foundation.

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