Bodfish Lab Study for Nonverbal or Minimally Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Principal Investigator: Jim Bodfish, Ph.D.


Who are we?

We are researchers at Vanderbilt University studying behaviors and brain responses in nonverbal and minimally verbal children with autism spectrum.

What happens in our studies?

During the behavioral assessment, your child will play with puzzles and iPad games with a researcher in our lab. The parent will be asked to fill out questionnaires and participate in short interviews. During the EEG task, your child will be asked to listen to sounds while watching silent cartoons with an EEG cap on. The EEG cap has 128 sensors that are made up of soft sponges that measure brain waves.

Visit Requirements

The study takes between 3-4 hours to complete. Parents can choose whether they want to complete the study in one or two visits. We are able to schedule during the day, evenings, and weekends.

Participant Criteria

Children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are nonverbal or minimally verbal between the ages of 8-14 years.


Participants are reimbursed $50


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Last Updated: Monday, June 11, 2018

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