How the Brain Processes Information in ASD

Dec 3 2013
America/New York
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


We want to understand more about how a child's brain processes sounds, word, and pictures. We will study the differences between children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger Syndrome) and children with typical development.
You will be asked to make two visits to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The first visit will last no longer than 4 hours and will involve a number of tests designed to measure your child's language, problem-solving, and basic academic skills development. Your child may be asked to do things like solve puzzles, perform basic reading and spelling tasks, and complete additional "paper-and-pencil" tasks.  
During the second visit, your child will have a magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain scan. For the scan, your child will do special tasks with a sort of helmet containing brain sensors over their head. The sensors will measure your child's brain activity. Your child will also have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to look at structure of the brain. MEG testing will last up to 2 1/2 hours and the MRI will take an additional 1 hour.     
Your child is being invited to take part in this study because he or she has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are asking children between the ages of 3 and 10 years to be in the study. Children with limited verbal skills between the ages of 6 and 15 are also invited to participate.   
What we learn from this study may help other people who have language or social problems. We hope to learn more about how the brains of typical children and children with an ASD process information. We will pay you for your time and free parking will be provided. In addition, you will receive a short report that describes your child's development and performance on the tests.  
Contact Information
Katherine Hines
(215) 590-0916