COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

The University of Texas at Dallas is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Covid-19 Updates

Comet Calendar

The Association Between Gestures in the First Two Years of Development and Later Autism Diagnosis - Psychology Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 4 at 2:30pm to 3:30pm

JO 4.306

Psychology Lecture Series - In-Person and Virtual Event

Title - The Association Between Gestures in the First Two Years of Development and Later Autism Diagnosis

Speaker: Dennis Wu
PhD Student, UT Dallas

Gestures are an important social communication tool for infants and toddlers to convey their thoughts, ideas, and intentions. Research has shown that early gesture use is associated with later language outcome. The goal of this study is to use a parent-report measure with a large sample size to look at whether the first two years of gesture development is associated with later ASD outcome. Results indicated that infants at high likelihood for ASD who later meet criteria for ASD have fewer gestures and diminished gesture growth.

Dennis Wu is a 3rd year PhD Psychology student in the Baby Brain Lab and is advised by Meghan Swanson, PhD.

This talk is in-person in JO 4.306 and also is a virtual event. At 2:30pm on October 4, join the talk on MS Teams.
Conference ID: 267 131 029 17
Passcode: y72joA

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public, Graduate Students


Research, Science & Technology


infants, ASD, Gestures

Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Contact Information
Lena McGee
Google Calendar iCal Outlook