Research Announcement: Assessing Early Receptive Vocabulary Development

Assessing Early Receptive Vocabulary Development

A new study is being initiated at Felician University to assess whether infants who have older siblings with ASD may develop vocabulary in the same manner as other children. This study will systematically assess the children’s gaze towards pictures and record the amount of time. We are planning on assessing younger siblings of children with ASD who are approximately 6 to 12 months of age. We are also seeking the involvement of children without ASD of the same age to serve in a comparison group. As part of this study, we will involve a group of children with ASD between 2 to 5 years of age as well as a group of same age children without ASD. During the assessment, you will remain with your child. In addition, we will be using additional assessments for infants that take approximately 15 minutes during the visit. Over time, we would like to have you come back for similar visits when your child is 12, 18, and 24 months of age.

Your child’s participation is completely voluntary. If you decide not to have your child participate your decision will not impact your child’s participation in other future activities offered at Felician University. Due to all of the procedural safeguards that are in place for this study and the nature of the assessment is recognized as having minimal risks. However, at any point in time, you may end your child’s participation.

There are no financial obligations involved with this study nor is there is financial compensation offered for your child’s participation in this study. The child’s participation, records, and data will be kept confidential and secure in a locked file cabinet throughout this study and for five years after the study is completed. After five years, the documents will be destroyed. If you are not interested but would like more information on this topic, please contact us. For more information regarding participating in this research, please contact us.