Autism Spectrum Disorder Studies Lab

ASD Studies is a group of researchers at Queen's University interested in understanding how individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders develop over time. Autism Spectrum Disorders are a group of developmental disorders that typically involve impairments in communication and language, difficulties with social interactions and a restricted range of interests. People with an ASD may demonstrate repetitive behaviours and may have unusual reactions to their everyday environment.

Interested in Volunteering?

Undergraduates, are you interested in volunteering with the ASD Studies lab? Keep an eye out for emails from the Psychology Undergraduate Assistant. When we're looking for new volunteers, you will receive an email to your Queen's account with instructions on how to apply for our research assistant positions. When applying, please remember to include your resumé and unofficial transcript.


About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by impairments in language and communication, difficulties with social interactions and a restricted range of interests.

  • difficulties with communication

  • insistence on and need for routine and sameness

  • difficulties transitioning between activities

  • poor or absent eye contact in social situations

  • difficulties taking the perspective of others

  • poor or absent imaginative play

  • difficulty understanding figurative language and indirect speech

  • difficulty understanding abstract concepts

  • delayed motor skill development, clumsiness

  • obsessive interests

  • over or under sensitivity to sensory stimuli