Do you have a child with autism? Does s/he have a younger sibling? Would you like to participate in our current study?
We are looking for families in the greater Pittsburgh area to participate in our National Institutes of Health-funded study of early development in infants who have an older sibling with Autism. We observe infants at home during everyday activities and play with a parent. Except for two visits to the University of Pittsburgh Autism Center, families do not need to come to us. We will come to you. Every month from the infant's 5th to 14th month of age, and at 18, 24, and 36 months, we will visit you in your home for about an hour to observe your child. All visits are scheduled at your convenience and are both interesting and fun for participating families.
To be eligible to participate, families must:
- Have an infant younger than 5 months (or a baby on the way)
- Have an older child diagnosed with autism
- Be monolingual English speakers
To thank you for helping us, your baby will receive a small, age-appropriate gift at the end of each session, even if s/he does not complete the session. At the end of the study, you will also receive a baby book, a compilation DVD with brief clips from each of our visits, and $250.
If you would like more information about the study, please click here.
We are currently recruiting families for a new motor development study involving infants with older siblings.
For more information, please view the ad below and feel free to contact the lab about the study.
The Infant Communication Lab at the University of Pittsburgh is looking for families to participate in a study of motor development in infants.
A total of 5 observations will take place when your baby is 12, 14, 18, 24, and 36 months old. Observations will occur in your home at a time convenient for you. During the home visits, we will videotape your baby as s/he plays with a member of our research team, placing toys into containers and building block towers.
To participate, your infant must be younger than 12 months and have an older brother or sister.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact us at the phone numbers below.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Featured Research From Our Lab
The interplay between language, affect, and gesture during communicative transition: A dynamic systems approach.
The vocabulary spurt impacts infants’ production of multiple, coordinated communicative behaviors.
Developing language in a developing body: The relationship between motor development and language development.
The emergence of new motor skills changes infants’ experiences with objects and people in ways that are relevant for communicative and language development.
- Variation in vocal-motor development in infant siblings of children with autism. Early motor and vocal development in high-risk infant siblings as an indicator of a future autism diagnosis.