TALK ASD project

Principal Investigator: Tiffany Woynaroski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


This research study investigates how the language abilities of children with autism spectrum disorder and typically developing children relate to the way they process sensory information.

We are hopeful that this research will identify a possible barrier to language development in children with ASD that could be treatable upon further research. Because of our research question we hope to see children with a wide range of language ability, especially children who don't talk. We are prepared to work with all kinds of children with ASD.

Study Details

You will be asked to answer some questions and complete some questionnaires about your child.

Your child will take a few cognitive and language assessments and participate in an EEG task that consists of sitting still and watching video clips of a young woman searching for aliens in the galaxy. The child will be asked to wear a silly “alien hunting hat” (EEG cap) while watching these videos.

We can provide reports about your child's language and cognitive abilities.

You will be asked to visit Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center 2-3 times over the course of no more than a two-week time period. Each visit will be 1.5-2 hours long.

You will receive a $20 gift card each time you visit our laboratory and an outer space goodie bag when your child completes the study.

Participant Criteria

Children aged 5-7 years old who have autism spectrum disorder OR who are typically developing who:

  • are likely to wear a stretchy cap on their head
  • are comfortable sitting relatively still at a computer for 15-minutes at a time
  • have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing.


$20 gift card at each visit & an outer space goodie bag upon completion

Visit Requirements

Two or three 2-hour visits over a 2-week time period


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Contact Information

Jacob Feldman

Last Updated: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Enter your name and contact information and this study's coordinators will contact you if there are openings available.