Your child can be in this study if he or she:
- is 0 to 6 months old
- has no visual or hearing impairment, seizure disorder, or any known genetic syndrome
Babies are enrolled prior to birth or within the first six months of life. They are followed with regular visits to our laboratory from enrollment through three years of age.
Your baby will view objects, activities and people on a computer screen, experience gentle touch, and listen to various speech and speech-like sounds. Some of these activities will be done while your child is wearing different net-like caps that are designed to measure brain activity. The studies that use these types of caps are EEG (electroencephalography) and NIRS (near-infrared spectroscopy). As he or she gets older, the visits will include traditional developmental, language and diagnostic play assessments, such as the ADOS and CSBS, administered by a trained Yale clinician. Parents will complete questionnaires and interviews concerning their baby’s development and adaptive behavior.
Parents are asked to participate over the course of their baby's first two or three years of life. There will be up to twelve visits at our laboratory, beginning with three months of age and ending at either 24 or 36 months. We schedule all appointments at the parent’s convenience.
Clinicians will monitor the baby’s progress throughout their time in the study and offer support and direction when appropriate. The developmental trajectory of each child is closely followed by our staff, with parent/clinician reviews taking place at the completion of each full set of assessments. Parents of children with identified delays or other developmental concerns will receive recommendations and guidance for early intervention. There are no charges involved in the study. Dependent upon your baby's participation, you may receive small monetary compensation ranging from $25-$85 per visit for study participation and a “graduation” t-shirt at completion.
These studies have been approved by the Yale Human Investigations Committee, protocol numbers: #0509000617, #1004006656, and #12378. The examiners working with your child have extensive experience with newborns and toddlers, and the assessments are supervised by licensed clinicians. None of the assessments or activities are invasive or carry any risk to the baby. A parent will be with each child at all times.
This study is funded through the Simons Foundation, the Autism Speaks, the National Institute for Child Health and Development and the National Institute of Mental Health.
If you would like more information about these studies, please contact Amy Margolis at (203) 785-6237