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Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children: Nordmeyer '12 Reflects on her Senior Honors Thesis

The “sleepless nights” and “stressful moments” were worth it, says Marley Nordmeyer ’12, when it came to writing her senior Honors thesis. The communication sciences and disorders major makes this observation in an essay featured in the spring UVM Honors College e-newsletter. For her thesis, Nordmeyer worked with Dr. Patty Prelock to research autism spectrum disorder in children. Her thesis explored the question: How do paired peers (typically developing children and children with ASD) use mental state terms while engaged in play?

“Four years ago I couldn't imagine myself writing a fifty-page manuscript, speaking in front of a committee for thirty minutes, or even getting on a plane and flying to California,” she says in the essay.  “But because of my experience writing my Honors thesis, I have overcome these fears, and learned an immense amount while doing so.”

Read Marley’s essay in the UVM Honors College spring e-newsletter.