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

Differences in Language in Autism

The goal of this study is to learn more about patterns of language in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and people without ASD.  Children ages 6 to 17 with or without ASD are eligible to participate.  Participation involves providing language samples over the phone and completing questionnaires.  The study can be completed online and by phone; a visit to CHOP is not required.  The time commitment for the study is about 3.5 hours.  Families will be compensated for their time. IRB 15-011936

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.

Autism Language 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 8-12 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 Leah Gaetz at 267-426-4914 or MEGSTUDIES@email.chop.edu.

Research on Autism and Developmental Disorders (ROADD)

This research study will observe young children ages 18 months to 5 years to learn more about the differences in social cognition and brain function that may be present in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Young children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years of age may enroll. We need children who have been previously diagnosed with an ASD or may be at risk for an ASD as well as those who seem to be developing typically to take part. Children participating in the research study will receive diagnostic and developmental testing. Parents will receive a written feedback report from the evaluation, including recommendations for treatment.

SPARK: Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge

The mission of SPARK is to ignite research at an unprecedented scale to improve lives by advancing our understanding of autism. To join this national autism research cohort, individuals with a professional diagnosis of autism and their biological family members will be asked to share information about their medical and family history, as well as provide a DNA sample. Please contact the Center for Autism Research for more information at 1-866-570-6524 or autism@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.


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