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Autism and Language Development in Toddlers
Looking For:Children 18-36 months of age with autism or with concerns about their social interaction or language development or children 12-36 months without autism.
Child Language & Literacy Lab
Preschool and school-age children
Compensation:Language evaluations at no cost to you.
COVID-19 Language and Literacy Project
Looking For:Families of K-4th grade students with limited verbal speech
Compensation:Up to $220 in gift cards and two new children’s books
Do you have concerns about your toddler’s social or language development?
Looking For:Children 12-36 months of age with autism or with concerns about their social interaction or language development.
Does your child like to play computer games?
Children 8 to 17 with ASD or who are typically developing who:
are likely to be comfortable working on a computer for about an hour
Are willing to wear a “stretchy hat” (EEG cap) while watching a video;
can physically respond to computer tasks
have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing
Compensation:See description for details: compensation in the form of gift cards
Does your child show challenging behavior?
Looking For:Children ages 10-15 who have diagnoses like autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability. We are also seeking children without a diagnosis who may get upset or aggressive (hitting, yelling) when they are frustrated.
Compensation:Families will be given a $100 Amazon gift card for participating.
Family GAMEs Study
Looking For:4-8-year-old children
Family Well-Being During COVID-19
Looking For:Parent of a child 6-months to
5 years of age with or without:
• Down syndrome
• Williams syndrome
• Developmental or language delay
• Neurodevelopmental genetic
• Typical development
Compensation:Participants can enter a lottery to win (1/30 chance) a $25 Amazon gift card and receive access to free online music activities for their participation.
Help us test an e-health application for identifying autism
Looking For:Children between 18 to 36 months
Compensation:Parent will receive a $50 gift card to Amazon.com at the visit
Investigating Social Competence in Youth with Autism
Movement and Imitation in Children and Adolescents with or without ASD
Looking For:8-17 years of age with autism spectrum disorder OR typically developing. Some language ability is required.
Compensation:Child will receive a $10 gift card and small toy.
Music in Children and Families Online Survey Study
Looking For:Parent of a child 6 months to 5 years of age
Participants can enter a lottery to win (1/30 chance) a $25 Amazon gift card for their participation.
Processing Internal and External Sensory Cues in Autism
People from 7-17 years with
autism OR who are typically developing
Compensation:Participants will receive $15 per hour. Caregivers will receive $30 upon completion of all
interviews and parent questionnaires.
Reading and Listening Comprehension in Down Syndrome
Looking For:Individuals with Down syndrome, 10 to 22 years old
Compensation:Participants will receive up to $50 as compensation for their time
Sensory Perception in Infant Siblings at Risk for ASD
Younger Siblings (between 4-18 months old) of children with and without autism and their parent
Compensation:Families will be compensated for their time and get the results of the testing.
Skill Building For Infants With Down Syndrome
Children with Down syndrome 6 months to 5 years old
Compensation:Families will receive $25.00 and a small toy for their time upon completion of the study
Strategies for Teaching Verbs
Looking For:Children who are slower at learning to talk than their peers, 3 to 9 years old
TALK ASD project
Children aged 5-7 years old who have autism spectrum disorder OR who are typically developing who:
Compensation:$20 gift card at each visit & an outer space goodie bag upon completion
The Effects of Visual and Auditory Stimulation on Exploration in Infancy
12-24 month infants with hearing loss
Compensation:A T-shirt, toy or book, as well as $25.
Think Your Child May Stutter?
3- to 10-year-old children and their parent(s)
Compensation:Participants will be compensated for their time.
Vanderbilt Down Syndrome Research Registry
Looking For:Any child or adult with Down syndrome
Virtual Study Stress in Parents of Children with Disabilities: Virtual Mindfulness-Based Music and Songwriting Program
Looking For:Parents/caregivers with a child who has an intellectual/developmental disability or severe chronic illness
Compensation:Participants receive up to $30 in gift cards and receive audio recordings of MBMS materials
Words for Thoughts and Feelings
Children ages 3-6
Young Children’s Speech Development
Looking For:Children who are 3 to 6 years of age who may or may not have speech articulation difficulties
Compensation:Participants will receive up to $10 as compensation for their time.
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