Speech in Autism
Seeking children ages 7-12 with High Functioning Autism
This study is currently seeking children ages 7 to 12 years old with High Functioning Autism. The study is also seeking typically developing children ages 7 to 12 years old. The goal of the project is to gain knowledge about the neural basis of speech perception impairments in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
- Up to $200 for completing the study
- Pictures of their brain
This study consists of 5 appointments for children with ASD, and 3 appointments for typically-developing children:
- Appointment 1: Neuropsychological assessment
This assessment includes an IQ, reading, and math skills test. While the child is completing these tasks, the parent will be asked to fill out a few questionnaires. After the assessment, we familiarize the participant with fMRI procedures. This session lasts about 2 hours.
- Appointment 2: Speech and Language assessment
The second session is a speech and language assessment that requires the presence of both the child and his mother. The child will play a number of listening games, and will do a series of standardized test measures of speech and language function. While the child is completing these tasks, the mother will be asked to fill out a few questionnaires, and her voice will be recorded for our in-scanner task stimuli. This session lasts about 2.5 hours.
- Appointment 3 (for children with ASD only): Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
The third session (for children with ASD only) is an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). This is a ‘play’ based assessment in which the researcher observes the child without the parent in the room. This session lasts about 1 hour.
- Appointment 4 (for children with ASD only): Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI)
The fourth session (for children with ASD only) is an Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI). This is an interview between the researcher and the parents and the child is not involved in this measure. This session lasts about 3 hours. (If the family lives outside of the Bay Area, this interview can be conducted over the phone.)
- Appointment 5: fMRI scan appointment
The fifth session is the child's fMRI scan appointment. During the scan, participants will play a listening game while pictures of their brain are taken. An MRI scan is a safe, non-invasive procedure that does not use x-rays or radiation. To read more about MRI please click here. This session lasts 2.5 hours.
Participants will receive $150 - $200 compensation upon completion of the study.
All sessions will take place on Stanford’s campus near the Stanford Hospital.