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Advances in understanding autism and related disorders are only possible as a direct result of the participation of individuals and families.
However, finding study participants is one of the greatest challenges researchers face. Simply put – scientists cannot make real progress without your help. We need you!
Studies Currently Enrolling:
We are looking to enroll parents of children ages 5 to 17 years with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for a survey on screening tools. The goal of this study is to determine if certain screening tools about healthy children are equally effective for use in children with ASD. If so, these tools may be helpful in assessing symptoms or behaviors, as well as monitoring response to treatments and interventions. Parents or legal guardians of children or teens with ASD will be asked to complete an online survey about their child. In addition, the individual with ASD may also be asked to complete an optional shorter online survey. Families will be compensated for their time and effort.
We are enrolling any individual with autism spectrum disorder and their biological parents into the nation’s largest autism study, called SPARK. The goal of SPARK is to speed up autism research and find the genetic causes of autism. All participants enroll online at www.sparkforautism.org/CHOP and then provide a saliva sample via kits that are mailed to the home. Families who return the saliva collection kits will receive compensation and access to free webinars and an interactive and informational dashboard.
We are looking for children and teens ages 6-16 to test out a video game designed to improve eye contact in children with autism spectrum disorder. During study visits participants will measure heart rate, brain activity and wear eye tracking glasses while playing the video game. Parents will be asked to complete questionnaires about their child. Participants will be compensated for their time.
We are looking for teens and adults ages 12 and older with autism spectrum disorder to participate in a research study testing the effectiveness of a new virtual reality (VR) application aimed at improving social skills. Participation in this study involves one to three visits to CAR to use the VR headset and complete questionnaires. Participants will be compensated for their time.
The goal of this research study is to better understand differences in the way children with autism move their bodies and faces compared to children who are developing typically. Children who are diagnosed with ASD or who are typically developing are invited to participate in this study, which will include a visit to CAR to complete simple social skills tasks, motor behavior and language tasks as well as an IQ test. Participants will be compensated for their time and effort and will receive a brief report of their behavioral and IQ tests results. For more information: CARmotorlab@email.chop.edu | 267-425-1192
The goal of this study is to understand how brain processes change during child development. Infants between the ages of 6 to 12 months are eligible for a non-invasive brain imaging study specially developed for infants and toddlers to understand how brain processes change during child development. We will eventually use this information to better understand brain processes in children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.
We are seeking parents, teachers & therapists familiar with ASD to help us prepare for an imaging study for minimally & nonverbal children. In the past, these children have been excluded from brain imaging studies. We would like to change this by using magnetoenchephalography (MEG) technology. We would like to interview parents, therapists, and teachers to help us design future MEG studies for children with ASD.
This research study will observe young children to learn more about the differences in social cognition and brain function that may be present in ASD. We will use newly developed assessment tools like eye tracking and EEG technology to measure social processing and brain activity. Young children between the ages of 2 years and 5 years of age may enroll. We need children who have been previously diagnosed with an ASD as well as those who seem to be developing typically to take part.
The goal of this study is to understand how children with little or no speech understand sounds and words. This study is enrolling boys and girls ages 8-12 who have ASD and are minimally verbal or nonverbal OR have a Developmental or Intellectual Disability (DD/ID). What we learn from this study may help other people who have little or no speech. You will also receive a short report summarizing your child’s language and problem-solving skills.
The goal of this study is to understand how brain structure & function change during childhood. Children aged 6-8 with or without ASD are invited to participate in this study, which will involve two visits to CHOP about every 18 months for 3 years. We will have your child do tests of language, problem-solving, and basic academic skills as well as non-invasive (safe) brain imaging.