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Exploring Positive and Negative Dimensions in Autism Spectrum Disorders (EXPAND)

October 30, 2020 - August 1, 2024

Autism represents a diverse and varied conditions with much variation from person to person. With this study, we hope to help clinicians, parents, and loved ones better understand children with autism through more precise descriptors of core symptoms. Using these descriptors, we hope to help children and families gain access to services that are better tailored to their unique developmental needs.

What are the goals of the study?

The purpose of this research is to develop and test a new questionnaire that asks about autism symptoms more precisely by trying to measure both positive and negative symptoms. Once the project is complete, we expect to have a new questionnaire that is better at finding differences in how people’s autism is expressed and at measuring improvement in response to treatment.

What will happen during the visit or online?

You and your child will be asked to come to either of our locations (NYC or Pittsburgh) to participate. Once at our center, your child will be asked to complete clinical assessments with our team psychologists. Finally, you will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires and participate in a clinical interview, which can be completed remotely.

How will this help families?

You will receive a report of all testing done with your child, as well as face-to-face opportunities to meet with our team of ASD clinicians. You also can receive $100 for in-person participation and $20 per visit for costs of travel.

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible to participate if your child has a diagnosis of ASD and is between the ages 3-11.

View the study flyer here.

Contact Information
Research Study Website
Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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