Frequently Asked Questions



Why do you use the term “autistic” when describing people with autism?

We use the term “autistic” because some people feel that autism is a defining characteristic essential to their identity. We also respect the opinion that others prefer “person with autism” rather than the label “autistic,” which makes autism seem like a person’s defining quality. In referring to individuals on the autism spectrum, we make an effort to recognize both schools of thought and use the phrase “autistic person” as well “person with autism.”

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Who makes sure that the studies are ethically appropriate?

All studies taking place in the Jaswal Lab have been through a rigorous review process by UVa’s Institutional Review Board, which consists of a panel of University and community members. This panel carefully evaluates proposed studies involving human participants before they begin (and at least once per year after initial approval) to ensure that the research is ethical, and handles any comments or complaints about the research.

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I have a concern about my child’s development. Can you help?

The Jaswal Lab conducts basic research in child development, and we do not offer individual evaluations. If you have a particular concern about your child’s development, please contact your pediatrician or visit one of the links below.

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Where can I find general information about child development and/or autism?

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
U.S. Department of Education, site for parents
Blue Ridge Care Connection
These links are provided for informational purposes only, and are not affiliated with the laboratory or UVa.

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