Research Announcement: First Signs Infant Program

First Signs Infant Program for Infants With Older Siblings With ASD

A new study is being initiated at Felician University to assess the impact of a new early infant program for promoting gains in pivotal areas of child development. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of a specialized early intervention program that is designed to target common areas of need seen in infants who are at risk of a later diagnosis of ASD. Younger siblings of children with ASD will participate in evaluations and an early intervention program along with their parents. Individual sessions will occur and then parents will participate in a “parent and me” series of sessions.

Your 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.