Research Announcement: Assessing Stimulus Preferences in Infants

Stimulus Preference in Infants

A new study is being initiated at Felician University to assess whether infants who have older siblings with ASD may show a developmental milestone of preferring to look at visual stimuli that contain a certain amount of complexity. This study will systematically assess the children’s responses to visual stimuli that vary in complexity. As with other studies in the past, we will be using checkerboards that vary in size and number of squares. We are planning on assessing younger siblings of children with ASD who are approximately 2 to 6 months of age. We are also seeking the involvement of children without ASD of the same age to serve in a comparison group. 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 6, 12, 18, and 24 months of age. In addition, we are looking for children with ASD between the ages of 2 to 3 years for participation in the same assessments as well as typically developing peers.

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, it 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 a 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. Please also contact us for more information regarding participating in this research.