The Center for Discovery has created a groundbreaking interdisciplinary research program focused on better understanding and treating complex conditions. In partnership with researchers and scientists from major universities, we are actively working to:
• Improve methods of assessment, education, and treatment to facilitate the prevention and remediation of the co-morbidities associated with autism
• Better understand environmental and human facilitators and barriers to functioning to improve the quality of life for individuals
• Implement improved and novel research methodologies for documenting the efficacy of ongoing and new treatments
• Improve outcome measures, which translate into the improvement of the quality of life for individuals and their families.
• Improve systems for the delivery of services as related to timeliness, effectiveness, and cost by informing policy makers.
• Improve teacher and clinical education in program implementation and evaluation and translational research.
Two major areas of research include:
The HealthE6 Model™ outlines six pillars related to health and functioning for individuals with complex forms of autism and/or multiple disabilities. These typically include co-occurring biomedical conditions such as sleep disorders, gastrointestinal problems including constipation and gastroesophageal reflux disorder, seizure disorders, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, immune and metabolic problems, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions. When these are properly regulated, individuals experience less stress on body and brain, which results in fewer maladaptive behaviors and increased focus, attentiveness and positive interaction. To learn more about HealthE6, click here.
Discovery School Research: Our lab school classroom has sophisticated behavior imaging technology, biometric sensors, and computer vision technology—allowing our experts to provide data on how students with autism respond to their environments and on how stress contributes to challenging behaviors. The study identifies individual triggers and offers insights into how students can learn adaptive behaviors to better manage stress and improve functioning.
The Center for Discovery is committed to advancing scientific understanding and standards of care through peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations.
The Center for Discovery’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally-registered IRB with Federalwide Assurance (FWA). If you are interesting in submitting a research proposal for review, please use this form.