ASD Study Recruitment at UMD
April 18 - June 18
Here is an invitation from a team of researchers at the University of Maryland, who are conducting a neuroimaging study on social interaction. This study may help researchers understand the neural mechanisms of social interaction and communication in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).. Understanding such mechanism could advance our understanding of ASD and potentially help shape future interventions.
Children 8-14 years with ASD who can visit our lab in College Park, MD, with a parent.
What is involved?
• The study includes four visits, each of which will last about two hours. We are very flexible with our hours
and can accommodate to nearly any schedule.
• First visit. Your child will complete a standardized Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
assessment. The ADOS is used to aid in the diagnosis and characterization of autism, although it does not
clinically confirm the diagnosis on its own. You will receive a summary report from this assessment.
• Second visit. Your child will play games on the computer, listen to stories, watch videos and answer
questions about themselves.
• Third/fourth visits. These visits involve an fMRI scan. The fMRI is safe and does not include any
radiation. Your child will play games while in the scanner and we will record their brain activity. We want
to provide practice time, snacks, and bathroom breaks, and ensure that your child feels comfortable with the
process; thus, although this visit is two-hours long, the scan itself will only be about 45 minutes.
• You will receive $20/hour for each two-hour session, for a total of $160, and summary report from the
ADOS assessment. Parking is free.
• You child will receive a toy prize for participation after each session and a picture of his or her brain.
If you are interested, please contact The Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab with any questions or to schedule and appointment DSCN.UMD@gmail.com