How to Participate

How to Participate

We are currently recruiting participants for a study that aims to:

  • Discover patterns language use and social skills among persons with autism and their family members
  • Utilize innovative technology and genetic analyses to investigate developmental similarities among family members

Who can participate?

This is a family study that involves individuals with autism as well as their parents. The study also includes typically developing individuals and their parents. Families are being recruited from Illinois and Iowa because of a unique resource of developmental information that is maintained by the University of Iowa, and made available with permission.

What does participation involve?

We will ask you to do some tasks that involve words and sentences, pictures, and sounds. Other tasks involve looking at pictures and making judgments, doing puzzles, problem solving, and tracking eye movements. We will also collect a blood sample for use in this genetic study.

It will take approximately two to four hours to do the tasks, depending on how many you may have completed previously. We will schedule frequent breaks, and can break the assessment up into more than one session, if you prefer.

How are participants compensated?

Each participant will be compensated for their time as well as their travel and parking.

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