Director of Clinical Research at Marcus Autism Center Joins Advisory Board

Dr. Celine Saulnier Joins Board of The Social ExpressWe’re honored to have Dr. Celine Saulnier join our Advisory Board. She has invested her career in researching and helping children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Saulnier shares with us a passion for finding new ways to help children diagnosed on the autism spectrum to improve their social skills.  Our press release is below.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 13, 2012

The Social Express™, a new creator of social skills software, today announced that it has appointed to its Advisory Board, Celine Saulnier, Ph.D. Dr. Saulnier currently serves as the Clinical Director for Research at the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

At the Marcus Autism Center, Dr. Saulnier oversees the development and implementation of diagnostic and clinical assessments for individuals participating in clinical research. Her research focuses on profiles of adaptive behavior in autism spectrum disorders, particularly on the discrepancy between cognitive ability and the application of functional skills to daily contexts and routines.

“As a developer of social skills software helping children on the autism spectrum, we’re truly honored to welcome Dr. Celine Saulnier to our team,” said The Social Express president, Jon Cornick.

A widely respected leader in autism research, Saulnier is also an Assistant Professor in the Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. In addition to her research and scientific publications, she is co-author of the book, Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment.

“After dedicating my career to autism research for children and young adults, I was incredibly impressed when I discovered The Social Express,” said Saulnier. “The powerful combination of 3D modeling, animation, and social skills lessons in this award-winning program, results in a tremendous tool that not only teaches social skills to children on the autism spectrum, but also how to apply these skills to naturalistic contexts. This is exactly the type of programming for adaptive social communication that affords our children opportunities for success and independence throughout life.”

Saulnier obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center. At Yale, Dr. Saulnier was both the Clinical Director and the Training Director for the Autism Program where she oversaw, conducted, and supervised comprehensive diagnostic evaluations on individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders from infancy through young adulthood.

The Social Express is a social skills learning program that uses video modeling, socially valid dialog, original characters, and Hollywood-movie quality animation. Children with autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and other social-emotional deficits find the characters engaging and many ask to use it everyday. Learn more about The Social Express by visiting the website: http://thesocialexpress.com/

About The Language Express, Inc.
The Language Express™, founded by parents of autistic twins in 2008, is a privately held company based in Encinitas, California. The company develops The Social Express™ and other interactive social learning software. The company’s mission is to help children with ADHD, Autism and Asperger’s to improve their lives by teaching social skills using video modeling. Visit the company at http://thesocialexpress.com/