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Walking and Talking in Autism

July 1, 2020 - July 1, 2024

You will be paid for your time and travel expenses. You will also be given a report and receive personalized feedback on your child at your child’s two-year visit. If your infant develops autism, we will assist you in finding services in your community. There is no cost to participate in the study and no insurance needed.

What are the goals of the study?

The goal of this study is to track the early development of infants with an older sibling, so we can better understand how autism develops.

What will happen during the visit or online?

You and your child will make 2-4 visits to CHOP’s Robert’s Center for Pediatric Research. We will observe as you and your child play with various toys, puzzles, and interactive items such as bubbles and balloons. Caregivers will answer questions about their children’s development and past medical history. Using these observations and questionnaires, we will assess your child’s language, motor, and social development after your child starts to walk and again when he/she turns two. We will also provide an expert autism evaluation when your child turns two years old.

How will this help families?

Through measuring facial expression, movement, and infant-caregiver synchrony in very young children as a novel tool, we are working on earlier autism detection and developmental characterization.

Eligibility Criteria

Infants 6-10 months who have an older biological sibling with autism as well as infants whose older sibling is developing typically.

View the study flyer here.

Contact Information
Research Study Website
Center for Autism Research at CHOP

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