Excellent local source to find out about research studies on Autism is Notre Dame’s F.U.N. Lab. Currently they are looking for siblings of children with Autism.
Notre Dame F.U.N. Lab
Online Research Study Opportunities
Association Between Familial Psychiatric Disorders and Symptom Severity of ASD
Opportunities outside of Michiana
A Pilot Study of the Effect of an Acute Vestibular Therapy on Postural Stability, Gait Variability, and Gaze Patterns of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Principal Investigator’s Contact Information:
Brief Summary of Study’s Purpose: The goal of this research is to evaluate what is physiologically occuring during sensory integration (SI) therapy. A better understanding of SI could result in the identification of best evidence based practices and aid in seeking insurance reimbursement.
This pilot study is the first step and will focus on how a vestibular swing affects a child’s postural stability (balance), gait (walking), and gaze patterns.
Study Type: Biomechanical Engineering
Trial Sponsor: National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Research Program (NSF GRFP)
Study Phase: Pilot phase
Location where study is being conducted: University of Dayton
a. Inclusion criteria: Diagnosis of “autistic disorder” by a physician or psychologist; the ability to verbalize.
b. Exclusion criteria: Any changes in medication within the last 6 weeks; weighing over 100 lbs; any health issue that could affect balance, walking, and gaze patterns.
c. Gender: Both males and females are included in this study
d. Minimum age: 5
e. Maximum age: 10
Number of Participants Needed: 12
Start Date of Recruiting: 7/01/2012
Closure Date: 12/12/12
Time Commitment Length: 1-2 hours
Time Commitment Frequency: This study requires only a single session in the University of Dayton’s Engineering Wellness and Safety Laboratory
IRB study/protocol approval information: IRB approved. Feel free to contact Dr. Mary Connelly, the Chair of UD’s IRB at (937) 229-3493 or IRB@udayton.edu.
Supplemental Information: A parent must stay in the room for the duration of the study. There is a side room with toys should a participant have accompanying siblings. The principal investigator has multiple years of experience in working with children with autism.