This study uses high-tech cameras to improve the way we diagnose autism, anxiety, and depression in youth. Youth will have in-person conversations with researchers at our center in Houston, which will be recorded and researched. More broadly, information from this study will improve our understanding of how youth communicate.
What are the goals of the study?
This Baylor College of Medicine Study uses advanced computer technology to examine language use and facial expressions in adolescents who are anxious, depressed, and/or autistic. Ultimately, this will help us develop more accessible diagnostic tools and learn more about how youth communicate.
What will happen during the visit or online?
Participation in the study consists of up to 2 in-person visits at our center in Houston. During this visit your child will complete some interviews and assessments with a clinician, an IQ evaluation, as well as experimental tasks that include talking with staff and watching videos. All assessments will be audio and video recorded. After you and your child finish the study, you will receive a research report with the results of the assessments. This is not considered a full-scale clinical evaluation but can help you learn more about your child.
How will this help families?
This study advances our understanding of autism and how to effectively diagnose it. Our goal is that participation in this research will help other families as they seek a diagnosis.