Walking and Talking in Autism



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The goal of this study is to track the early development of infants with an older sibling, so we can better understand how autism develops. We are looking for infants 6-10 months who have an older biological sibling with autism as well as infants whose older sibling is developing typically.

You and your child will make 2-4 visits to CHOP's Robert's Center for Pediatric Research. We will observe as you and your child play with various toys, puzzles, and interactive items such as bubbles and balloons. Caregivers will answer questions about their children's development and past medical history. Using these observations and questionnaires, we will assess your child's language, motor, and social development after your child starts to walk and again when he/she turns two. We will also provide an expert autism evaluation when your child turns two years old.

You will be paid for your time and travel expenses. You will also be given a report and receive personalized feedback on your child at your child's two-year visit. If your infant develops autism, we will assist you in finding services in your community. There is no cost to participate in the study and no insurance needed.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #:
Official Title:
Walking and Language Development in Infants at High and Low Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Study Phase:
Not Applicable
Eligible Age Range:
6 - 10 Months
Study Categories: