The Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning has extensive research connections to several universities, including UCLA, Stanford University, Utah State University and the University of Utah. These universities study genetics, prevalence rates, basic research, medical and behavioral treatments, and educational interventions. These research efforts have continued over the past 25 years studying the etiology of autism, evidence based treatments, cutting edge educational techniques, and improving the quality of life for children on the autism spectrum and their families.
The University of Utah has numerous research projects focusing on genetic causes, the long term outcome of autism, medical treatments, applied behavior analytic (ABA) teaching techniques and social skills training. Several studies have been released focusing on behavioral interventions for parent training, managing severely challenging behaviors, and effective ABA teaching techniques. Recent studies have focused on using animated technology, peer modeling, using parents as therapists, and peer coaching to teach social skills to children on the spectrum.
Individual families who participate in these studies benefit in their understanding of autism and in the positive feelings of helping in the advancement of autism research. In turn, many of the educational research practices have been and will be utilized in enriching the Pingree Center curriculum and training future teachers at the center.