Autism Integrated Care Program Clinical Studies

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Study Using Virtual Reality for Teens and Adults with Autism

The Center for Autism Research is 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. IRB 17-014194

Linguistic Markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder

The goal of this study is to learn more about the ways autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is expressed in a large sample of individuals with and without ASD.  Children ages of 6-17, without ASD, are eligible to  participate.  Participation involves 1 study visit that lasts approximately 2-3 and involves behavioral and cognitive testing.  Parents will be asked to complete questionnaires about their children. Families will be compensated for their time. IRB 13-010514

Infant Brain Imaging Study

This research study focuses on how the brain develops differently in infants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to typically developing children. The goal of the study is to identify very early brain features that may be characteristic of autism. This information may help improve methods of early detection and intervention for infants who may be at risk for this disorder.

We are seeking to enroll families who have infants 3 months old or younger and who have an older sibling who has autism or who is typically developing. Babies will come to CHOP at 3 and 24 months of age, as well as two other time points in between, to receive developmental evaluations and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Parents will receive comprehensive evaluation reports at no cost and will be compensated for their family's time and travel. IRB 07-005689

Motor Synchrony Study

We are looking for healthy males aged 8-21 with or without ASD to play dance videogames for an autism research study. Playing the games will help us learn more about movement and coordination. Participants are asked to make 8 study visits over 8 weeks. Compensation will be provided.

MEG Autism Study

The Lurie Family Foundations MEG Imaging Lab at CHOP are looking for Healthy Children and those with an Autism Spectrum disorder for a study on how the brain works. We are looking for both male and female children between the ages of 6-12 years old. We will provide you with reimbursement for your time and parking will be at no cost. For more information please contact our study coordinator by emailing MEGstudies@email.chop.edu.

Brain Imaging Study of Minimally-Verbal/Nonverbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Children with Developmental/Intellectual Disability

The Lurie Family Foundations MEG Imaging Lab at CHOP are looking for minimally/nonverbal children with ASD and those with an intellectual or developmental delay without ASD who may or may not be minimally/nonverbal for a study on how the brain works. We are looking for both male and female children between the ages of 8-12 years old and infants 4 to 18 months of age. The study involves two visits to CHOP. The first visit can last up to 2 to 5 hours (depending on Cohort group) and will involve neuropsychological/developmental testing. The second visit can last up to 2-3 hours depending on Cohort group and will consist of an MEG brain imaging scan. We will provide you with reimbursement for your time and parking. For more information please contact our study coordinator at 267-426-4914 or megstudies@email.chop.edu.