I am interested in ‘syndromic’ autism – that which coincides with a genetic disorder, like Down syndrome or fragile X syndrome (FXS, the leading known genetic cause of autism). Under the supervision of Professor Michael Thomas, I am investigating the perceptual and neural mechanisms underpinning autism profiles in children with FXS using eye tracking and electroencephalography (EEG) methods. We want to know: ‘is this the same autism that we see in the general population?’. If it is, we will have support for the application of autism intervention programmes to children with FXS exhibiting this comorbidity. If it is not, we will have insight into the nature of autism presentations in FXS, illuminating the complex heterogeneity, both clinical and aetiological, associated with this neurodevelopmental disorder.
This work is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Waterloo Foundation.
Special thanks to my late supervisor Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith, who continues to inspire this work.
Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
2015 – present
MSc Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology
Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK
2014 – 2015
Mainstream Primary School Teacher
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Carlow, Ireland
2013 – 2014
BSc in Primary Education and Psychology
University of Limerick, Ireland
2013 – 2014
Glennon, J. M., Thomas, M. S. C., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (In press). Syndromic Autism: Progressing Beyond Current Levels of Description. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Glennon, J. M., Weiss-Croft, L., Harrison, S., Cross, J. H., Boyd, S. G., & Baldeweg, T. (2016). Interictal epileptiform discharges have an independent association with cognitive impairment in children with lesional epilepsy. Epilepsia. doi:10.1111/epi.13479