The ASPECT Team of researchers is developing technology that will universalize access to language-based devices (i.e. Amazon Echo, Google Home, etc.) to help improve the communication skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The long-term goal of this project will help enable young adults with ASD to function independently.

Team members have built and piloted a tool called the Autism Spectrum Engaged Cloud Technology (ASPECT) Hub. ASPECT implements the Verbal Behavior Milestone Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPPTM), including the Early Echoic Skills Assessment subtest, and is deployed through Amazon Alexa skillsets. The groundbreaking technology allows children with varying proficiencies to work on verbal and echoic skills by providing tailored and dynamic feedback based on performance. It is an innovative and personalized educational tool that can be used in homes, therapy centers and after-school learning programs.

ASPECT promotes access to these revolutionary and increasingly common technologies, as well as enhancing the ability of teachers, parents and therapists to teach essential communication skills.

Key Personnel

Catherine Caldwell-Harris
Krzystof Rechowicz
Wesley Wildman


Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC)
Mea’Alofa Autism Support Center
Bierman Autism Center