Eye-Tracking Studies of Social Engagement
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What is the purpose of this study?
This study will examine the early development of basic social skills in young children. We will observe how children with various developmental delays and typical development look at people and perceive speech. This research will lead to the development of new methods to diagnose developmental delays in toddlers
, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It will also help us identify key areas for early intervention.
Who will be studied?
- 18 to 28 - month-old children with developmental delays, including ASD
- 18- to 28- month-old typically developing children
What does the study involve?
Your child will watch pictures of objects and people on a computer screen, as well as watch several short videos and listen to sounds. All children will be given a developmental assessment, and those with suspected developmental problems will also be administered a diagnostic assessment. Parents will complete several questionnaires regarding their child’s development and adaptive behavior.
What is the time commitment?
The testing will last up to eight hours during one visit. We will schedule the appointment at your convenience.
What are the benefits of being in this study to my family?
Parents of children with identified developmental delays will have the opportunity to discuss the findings with a clinician and will subsequently receive a written report summarizing the assessment results. In addition, families will be compensated for their time.
Can my child be in this study?
Your child can be in this study if he or she is either:
What safeguards are in place to ensure that the study is conducted in a safe and ethical manner?
- 18 to 28 months old and has either suspected or identified delays in social, communication, cognitive, or other areas, and if the child has no visual or hearing impairment, seizure disorder, or any known genetic syndrome.
- OR 18 to 28 months old and has no delays, visual or hearing impairment, seizure disorder, or identified genetic syndrome.
The study has been approved by the Emory University Institutional Review Board. The examiners working with your child have extensive experience with toddlers.
Who is funding the study?
This study is funded through the National Institutes of Mental Health.
Who is involved at the Marcus Autism Center?
The members of the research team include Ami Klin, Ph.D.
, and Warren Jones, Ph.D.
How can I get more information?
If you would like more information about this study, contact 404-785-8200. If you would like to be contacted about this study, please register below.