We are recruiting children autism to participate in a study examining the treatment effects of an over-the-counter dietary supplement on the brain.   

Eligibility: Children with autism spectrum disorder who -

·    are aged between 3 and 12 years old

·    exhibit restricted and repetitive behaviors

·    will drink N-acetyl cysteine dissolved in water

What is involved:

·    Cognitive and Behavorial assessments (such as IQ Testing)

·    Either sleep (young children) or learn to lie still for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan

·    will undergo brain scanning while wearing an electroencephalography (EEG)

·   12 week NAC or placebo administration period

Study Details:

·  Our protocols are updated for COVID-19 and many research activities will be completed remotely using Zoom and virtual surveys.

·  Our approaches are also specialized for working with young children across the spectrum and include individualized support programs.

The study will take place over 3 to 6 visits (some remotely over Zoom) and the approximate time required is about 10 to 12 hours. Individuals that are able to complete both of the MRI/EEG sessions will be compensated $50.

Age Range: 3-12 Years 

Cost: None

Contact: To help determine if your child might be eligible, please complete a screening questionnaire at https://redcap.link/NACandAutism

If you have any questions please call 650-736-1235 or email: autismresearch@stanford.edu.