Research

Early Reciprocal Social Behavior Study

Reference Number: 201208010

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY?

The purpose of this study is to develop ways of tracking the early stages of human social development in young children, including those aspects of development that relate to the causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

WHO IS NEEDED?

Children between the ages of 18 and 48 months old who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

WHAT IS INVOLVED IF I PARTICIPATE?

Duration: Your participation in the study will last from the time of consent and enrollment until the 48 month milestone is complete.
 
Tests/Procedures: At 4 time points in your child's development (18, 24, 36, & 48 months) we will ask you to complete a series of phone interviews and questionnaires. We will also ask you to come to our lab on the campus of the WU Medical School to participate in a few in-person assessments.
 
Risks: While there are not foreseeable risks involved with this study, you may become upset while answering questions on the questionnaires or during an interview. You have the right to not answer any question that makes you uncomfortable. Another potential risk of participating in this study is that confidential information about you may be accidentally disclosed. We will use our best efforts to keep the information about you secure, and we think the risk of accidental disclosure is very small.
 
Benefits: In completing the various assessments you may have the opportunity to review the current status of your child's social and behavioral functioning, which can, in turn, be brought to the attention of our child's doctor.
 
Compensation: You will be paid $40 per child, at each time point and effort in completing the telephone interview and for answering questionnaires by mail. If your child participates in the VSE lab assessments you will be paid $75 at each of these time points. If you and your child complete the ADOS & ADIR assessments you will be paid $125 for your participation in these assessments.

WHO IS THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (DOCTOR)?

John N. Constantino, MD

WHERE WILL THE STUDY TAKE PLACE?

Central Institute for the Deaf
Washington University School of Medicine Campus
4560 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

CONTACT INFORMATION

Erika Mortenson
314-362-5988
mortense@psychiatry.wustl.edu

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