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
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