UD Infant fNIRS Study

Location: Newark, DE - Move2Learn Autism Lab, University of Delaware
Start Date: May 7th, 2018
End Date: April 17th, 2019

Families can participate in a study that examines brain activity as infants play with their caregivers and/or toys.

Who Can Participate?

  • Typically developing infants between 3 and 12 months
  • Infant siblings of children with ASD between 3 and 12 months
  • Preterm infants (< 37 weeks of gestation) between 3 and 12 months (corrected age)

What Will Be Involved?

  • This study will involve 4 testing visits completed at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. All visits will be completed in the reserachers’ lab at the UD STAR Health Sciences Complex. Each session lasts about 1 hour.
  • Prior to participation in the study, older sibling with autism will need to provide a letter from a pediatrician, psychologist, or psychiatrist confirming their autism diagnosis.
  • At each visit, researchers will place a cap with LED lights on your and your infant’s head. Using fNIRS to capture brain activity during different tasks is a completely safe and non-invasive approach.
  • You will be asked to play with your infant (face-to-face or with small toys) as you normally do at home.
  • Researchers will also ask you to fill out a standardized questionnaire that will assess your infant’s motor, social, and cognitive skills.
  • Researchers will also assess your infant’s developmental skills using a standard assessment.
  • All testing sessions will be videotaped so that researchers can score the tests later. At the end of each visit, you will receive $25 for your infant’s participation. You are not separately compensated.

You can help by volunteering for the study. Please email the study PI, Dr. Bhat at abhat@udel.edu (preferred) or call the Move2Learn Autism Lab at 1-302-831-7608.