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Elena Tenenbaum

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Psychiatry, Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry
DUMC 2737, Durham, NC 27710
2424 Erwin Rd., Suite 501, Durham, NC 27705

Selected Publications

Exploring communicative competence in autistic children who are minimally verbal: The Low Verbal Investigatory Survey for Autism (LVIS).

Journal Article Autism · July 2023 Approximately one in three autistic children is unable to communicate with language; this state is often described as minimally verbal. Despite the tremendous clinical implications, we cannot predict whether a minimally verbal child is simply delayed (but ... Full text Link to item Cite

Shorter average look durations to dynamic social stimuli are associated with higher levels of autism symptoms in young autistic children.

Journal Article Autism · August 2022 Many studies of autism look at the differences in how autistic research participants look at certain types of images. These studies often focus on where research participants are looking within the image, but that does not tell us everything about how much ... Full text Link to item Cite

Testing the mid-range model: Attachment in a high risk sample.

Journal Article Dev Sci · May 2022 Infant attachment is a key predictor of later socioemotional functioning, but it is not clear how parental responsivity to infant expressive behavior is associated with attachment outcomes. A mid-range model of responsivity holds that both unresponsive and ... Full text Link to item Cite

Distance from Typical Scan Path When Viewing Complex Stimuli in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and its Association with Behavior.

Journal Article J Autism Dev Disord · October 2021 Eye-tracking is often used to study attention in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previous research has identified multiple atypical patterns of attention in children with ASD based on areas-of-interest analysis. Fewer studies have investigate ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

A Six-Minute Measure of Vocalizations in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Journal Article Autism Res · August 2020 To improve early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we need objective, reliable, and accessible measures. To that end, a previous study demonstrated that a tablet-based application (app) that assessed several autism risk behaviors distinguis ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Perception of Cry Characteristics in 1-Month-Old Infants Later Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Journal Article Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders · March 2019 Full text Cite

Sensitivity to audio‐visual synchrony and its relation to language abilities in children with and without ASD

Journal Article Autism Research · April 2018 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is often accompanied by deficits in speech and language processing. Speech processing relies heavily on the integration of auditory and visual information, and it has been suggested that the ab ... Full text Cite

Maternal and infant affect at 4 months predicts performance and verbal at 4 and 7 years in a diverse population

Journal Article Developmental Science · September 2017 AbstractUsing existing longitudinal data from 570 infants in the Maternal Lifestyle Study, we explored the predictive value of maternal and infant affect and maternal vocalizations during 2 minutes of face‐to‐face interacti ... Full text Cite

Attempting to “Increase Intake from the Input”: Attention and Word Learning in Children with Autism

Journal Article Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders · June 2017 Full text Cite

Attention to the mouth and gaze following in infancy predict language development

Journal Article Journal of Child Language · November 2015 ABSTRACTWe investigated longitudinal relations among gaze following and face scanning in infancy and later language development. At 12 months, infants watched videos of a woman describing an object while their passive viewi ... Full text Cite

Bottom-Up Attention Orienting in Young Children with Autism

Journal Article Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders · March 2014 Full text Cite

Increased ocus on the outh mong nfants in the irst ear of ife: ongitudinal ye‐racking tudy

Journal Article Infancy · July 2013 This study examines face‐scanning behaviors of infants at 6, 9, and 12 months as they watched videos of a woman describing an object in front of her. The videos were created to vary information in the mouth (speaking vs. smiling) and the eyes (gazi ... Full text Cite

Racing to segment? Top-down versus bottom-up in infant word recognition

Journal Article Proceedings of the 31st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development · 2007 Link to item Cite