Participant age range: Prenatal
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Problems with communication are one of the core features of ASD, beginning within the first year of life. Research suggests that social engagement with caregivers in early infancy is one of the key factors mediating the development of speech.
Project II will map out the development of vocal engagement in autism during the first two years of life, and together with Project I will test whether social engagement in infancy predicts speech and language outcomes.
Who can participate?
We need pregnant moms, or moms who have a baby younger than 3 months old and an older biological child who is:
If so, your baby may be eligible for this study at Marcus Autism Center.
What is involved?
We will ask you to make day-long audio recordings of your child once every month in your home, using a small recording device worn in a specially designed romper that we send out to you in the mail. When you mail the recordings back to Marcus Autism Center for processing, we will be able to automatically analyze all the sounds your baby makes, or may hear in a day.
If your baby shows signs of an ASD, you will be assigned to treatment study that teaches important skills to help your child.
What are the benefits?
Clinicians monitor your baby's progress throughout the study and give proper support and direction.
This study is free. To say thank you, families will be compensated for their time and participation.
Principal investigator: Gordon Ramsay, Ph.D. and Ami Klin, Ph.D.
Avi Gates, an active, independent 3-year-old, does not have autism. But for two years, she was a participant in an autism research study aimed at changing the very nature of the disease. Learn why Avi's parent's chose to participate in autism research.
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