Dec. 2007- UAB completed a randomized controlled trial w/ over 80 4yo Neurotypical preschoolers using two of the FaceSay games - "Amazing Gazing" and "Bandaid" Clinic - as the Intervention. The kids loved the games and saw gains in Face Recognition Skills, but not Emotion Recognition (the facial expression matching game was not part of the study). Generalization was not measured. Trista Perez, the Primary Investigator, successfully defended her Master's thesis related to the study.
The study supports my notion/hope that FaceSay could be used inclusively for all 4-6 yo students, to provide a benefit to a) neurotypical children (learning to follow a teacher's gaze), b) children already identified on the spectrum and maybe most importantly, to c) children who not be identified until 2nd or 3rd grade.