Current Research

Predicting and Optimizing Language Outcomes (POLO)

Study Focus: In-person POLO studies seek to understand the difference between: a) children with ASD who start with language delays but make gains during early school years, and b) children with ASD who remain minimally verbal.

Recruiting: POLO is currently recruiting children ages 3 1/2 – 7 years with or without Autism Spectrum Disorder OR children or young adults who have already participated in any other CARE study, any age.

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Social Play Research On Understanding Treatment Expectations (SPROUT)

Study Focus: Investigating changes in expressive language and social communication in children with ASD over the course of the play-based intervention, JASPER.

Recruiting: Young children with ASD 18 months to 5 years of age; we will begin recruiting for this lab-based study in September 2021.

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Assessing, Characterizing, and Observing Reading and Number Skills in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ACORN)

Study Focus: ACORN is a remote study investigating, the reading, number, and letter skills and experiences of of children with ASD  who have difficulties with spoken language.

Recruiting: Children 5-8 years old with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and limited spoken language.

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Project STORY

Study Focus: Learn more about how the brains of preschool-aged children with and without autism function during live social interactions.

Recruitment: Children (3-5 years old) with no known developmental delays or disorders AND Children (3-5 years old) with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder/ ASD.

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Gathering Evidence to Optimize Decisions (GEODE)

Study Focus: GEODE focuses on learning about how visual stimuli and sensory perception impact decision making in adolescents (11-17 year olds) with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically individuals who are minimally verbal to non-verbal. GEODE will be conducted remotely via ZOOM, with potential for in-person participation.

Recruitment: GEODE is recruiting adolescents ages 11-17 years old with or without ASD.

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