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Babies and Toddlers

i-LEAP (infant - Language Emotion Attention Perception Lab)

The i-LEAP laboratory is currently conducting the following fun, interesting project for infants and their parents:

Beginning Fall 2016, we are recruiting 7- to 10-month-old infants.  We are interested in their ability to discriminate a change in an emotion expression when just the face changes, just the voice changes, or when both the face and voice change.  Infant either gets familiarized with a happy speaker or a fearful speaker, and then gets to see various combinations of changes. We offer $10 compensation for participation.

We make appointments 7 days a week to maximize your convenience: morning, afternoon, evening, and on weekends!  We offer convenient parking near our building and child care for older siblings if you would like to bring them along.  Please contact us at (540) 231-3972, or iLEAP@vt.edu for more information.  Please join us for some fun!

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i-LEAP (infant - Language Emotion Attention Perception Lab)

The i-LEAP laboratory is currently conducting the following fun, interesting project for infants and their parents:

Beginning Fall 2017, we are recruiting 12- to 15-month-old infants.  We are interested in how infants' processing normal speech that they hear from caretakers (called "infant-directed speech") is affected by cues that influence their attention (for example, a smiling female saying "Hi Baby" versus a colorful shape and music).  We offer $10 compensation for participation.

We make appointments 7 days a week to maximize your convenience: morning, afternoon, evening, and on weekends!  We offer convenient parking near our building and child care for older siblings if you would like to bring them along.  Please contact us at (540) 231-3972, or iLEAP@vt.edu for more information.  Please join us for some fun!

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CAP Lab (Cognition, Affect, and Psychophysiology Lab)

The CAP Lab is conducting a new study focused on attention and memory during infancy.  During visits to our research lab, we will be playing some looking and reaching games with your infant.  In addition to these games, we are interested in studying physiological components of attention and memory behavior.  This involves your infant wearing a sensor cap to collect brain-wave activity (EEG) and stick patches on the chest to collect heart rate activity (ECG).

 We are recruiting infants who are between 5 and 10 months of age who were born full term, with no prenatal or birth complications.  Participation involves monthly 1- hour visits to the research lab with your infant and completion of brief questionnaires.  Parents will receive $50 at each monthly lab visit.  If you are interested in this study, you may contact Leslie Patton by phone (research lab—231-2320) or by e-mail (lapatton@vt.edu).

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VT Center for Autism Research Registry

We maintain an active 'registry' for individuals with autism of all ages and their families who would like to be notified of new studies related to autism or other development disorders, which they may be interested in. To register, please complete the survey at this link: https://redcap.vtc.vt.edu/surveys/?s=XC37HPDHTD. For more information, please contact VTCAR@vt.edu.

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VT Center for Autism Research Assessment Database

Do you suspect you or your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? The VT Center for Autism Research conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic ASD evaluations for toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults of all functioning levels as part of our assessment database project. The purpose of the project is to create a database of individuals affected by ASD that can be used for future research studies. We offer a free evaluation and clinical summary report with diagnostic impression for your personal records. Please call (540)231-8747 or email VTCAR@vt.edu for more information.

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Pivotal Response Treatment Study for Children with Autism

This treatment research study is for non-verbal or minimally verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and targets both child language skills and parent stress. We will teach language skills to children ages 1.5 to 6 years using Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), while adding either mindfulness-based techniques or psycho-education material to provide parents/caregivers new ways to increase their own well-being. There will be a 50% chance of being placed in either group. Treatment is offered at no cost.. For more information email: vatechprt@gmail.com or phone: (540) 231-2053.

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Children

Facial Emotion Recognition Intervention for Children with ASD

WHY The goal of this study is to assess the feasibility of an attention modification intervention to attenuate deficits in facial emotion recognition and expression in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

WHO We are enrolling children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 9 to 12 years of age, who may show difficulties recognizing facial expressions.

WHAT 5 week, 10 session computer treatment. Parent and child will also be asked to complete three assessment sessions during the course of the treatment. Participants will receive $20 per assessment session, in addition to $20 for completing all treatment sessions, for up to $80 total.

WHERE Child Study Center at Virginia Tech

CONTACT Andrea Trubanova email: atruban@vt.edu; phone: 540-231-2024

 

Fears and Phobias in Children with ASD

We are beginning a new study at the Virginia Tech Child Study Center and are looking for interested participants!

Children sometimes have fears that can interfere with home life, schoolwork, and friendships. Children commonly fear things such as dogs, spiders, loud noises, storms, heights, and the dark. If the fear is very intense or severe, it is called a phobia. 

Currently, Dr. Tom Ollendick at the Child Study Center is conducting a research study that offers experimental treatment to children who have severe fears or phobias.  Dr. Ollendick has over 35 years of experience treating problematic childhood fears and anxieties in children. Children ages 7-12 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis are eligible to participate in the project.

If you are interested in participating in this study please call the Child Study Center at 540-231-8276 or e-mail childstudycenter@gmail.com for further information.

Thank you for your time and consideration! 

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PEERS Social Skills Treatment Study for Preschoolers with Autism

We are searching for families with children ages 4 to 6 years of age to participate in our social skills group. The PEERS for Preschoolers program (P4P) is a parent-assisted social skills intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are having difficulty making and/or keeping friends. The group consists of 16 weekly sessions that are 1.5 hours in length at the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) in Blacksburg. There will be a simultaneous parent and child group and joint interactive play at the conclusion of each session.

Topics covered include asking for and using friends' names, how to greet friends, how to share and take turns, and giving parents the tools for social coaching their child.

The group is FREE of charge and a flyer with more information is attached.

If interested in learning more, please contact us at p4pvt2016@gmail.com or call (540) 231-2053.

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Pivotal Response Treatment Study for Children with Autism

This treatment research study is for non-verbal or minimally verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and targets both child language skills and parent stress. We will teach language skills to children ages 1.5 to 6 years using Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), while adding either mindfulness-based techniques or psycho-education material to provide parents/caregivers new ways to increase their own well-being. There will be a 50% chance of being placed in either group. Treatment is offered at no cost.. For more information email: vatechprt@gmail.com or phone: (540) 231-2053.

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Eye Gaze & Emotions (EGE) Study

Is your child: Bold and fearless? Not worried about their behavior? Insensitive to others?  Uncaring?

Join the Eye Gaze & Emotions (EGE) Study.

2 hour research study for children ages 6 to 10 - Flexible scheduling.

Child plays a feelings-matching game and a sticker sharing game.

Parent completes questionnaires about their child’s behavior.

Parent receives between $10-$30 and the child earns a small toy.

For more information, call or email Lauren at: (540) 231-9735    EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com

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CAP Lab (Cognition, Affect, and Psychophysiology Lab)

The CAP Lab is conducting a new study focusing on children’s ability to learn how to regulate their emotions and its impact on memory.  During this visit, your child will watch some short video clips, some to elicit sadness and others for memory, and play some word and computer games.  In addition to these games, we are interested in collecting information about the physiological components of these abilities. Your child will wear a stretchy EEG cap to collect brain wave activity and ECG electrodes to collect heart rate activity.

The visit should last about 1-2 hours.  We are looking for 9- and 10-year-old children. We are seeking children who were born full-term, currently healthy (not taking medication), and with no developmental diagnoses.   We offer $20 as compensation for parents and a toy for children, and we can provide childcare for siblings.  If you are interested in this study, you may contact Tatiana Garcia-Meza by phone (research lab—231-2320) or by e-mail (tgarcia@vt.edu).

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Treatment of Fear of Dogs in 4 to 7 year old Children

We are beginning a new study at the Virginia Tech Child Study Center and are looking for interested participants!

This treatment research study is for 4-7 year old children with fears of dogs that are interfering in their lives. Parents will be provided with a book which has been designed to assist young children in becoming more comfortable around dogs. Parents will meet with a clinician who will teach them how to read the book with their child and do activities at home to improve their child’s fear. If the child’s fear level remains high, parents will be offered the opportunity to come in to the clinic for additional treatment.

Treatment is offered at no cost and families will be compensated for completing pre-treatment and follow-up assessment sessions.

If you are interested in participating in this study please call the Child Study Center at 540-231-8276 or e-mail childstudycenter@gmail.com for further information.

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Virginia Tech Child Study Center

In need of a diagnostic evaluation for your child? The Child Assessment Clinic at the Child Study Center conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic evaluations for children and adolescents. We specialize in evaluating people between the ages of 7 and 18 and assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, asperger's disorder, learning disabilities, and ADHD. Please call (540)231-6914 for more information.

 

Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center and VT Autism Clinic

The Psychological Services Center, including the VT Autism Clinic, is a community-based behavioral and mental health clinic. We provide individual, couple, family, and group therapies as well as assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in providing the best available treatments to improve the functioning, health, and well-being of our clients. Our therapists treat clients with approaches validated by research and matched to the individual needs of the client. Please call (540)231-8276 for more information.

VT Center for Autism Research Registry

We maintain an active 'registry' for individuals with autism of all ages and their families who would like to be notified of new studies related to autism or other development disorders, which they may be interested in. To register, please complete the survey at this link: https://redcap.vtc.vt.edu/surveys/?s=XC37HPDHTD. For more information, please contact VTCAR@vt.edu.
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VT Center for Autism Research Assessment Database

Do you suspect you or your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? The VT Center for Autism Research conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic ASD evaluations for toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults of all functioning levels as part of our assessment database project. The purpose of the project is to create a database of individuals affected by ASD that can be used for future research studies. We offer a free evaluation and clinical summary report with diagnostic impression for your personal records. Please call (540)231-8747 or email VTCAR@vt.edu for more information.

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Biomarkers Study

The purpose of this research is to help us learn more about how those individuals with an autism spectrum disorder may be different from those individuals without an autism spectrum disorder in terms  of their heart rate, breathing rate, and brain functioning.  Those who participate in the study will wear a strap to collect heart/breathing rate information, experience an fMRI, collect a genetic sample, and answer some questionnaires.

You will be compensated $10 for every task you complete, up to a total of $40 for four total tasks.  You will also receive a CD with MRI images of your brain on it.  We expect the study to take about 90 to 120 minutes. 

If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747 and mention the "Biomarkers Study."

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Teenagers

Teens with Social Fear Brain Study

The social fear learning project is trying to understand if adolescents with Social Anxiety and Autism learn social fears differently than their peers. This study is for teens. Eligible teens will be between 12-17, be able to undergo an fMRI,  and have either a) a diagnosis of Autism and Social Anxiety, b) Social Anxiety alone, or c) neither Autism or Social Anxiety.

Research participation will include an eligibility assessment with parents and teens (90-120 mins). 

If eligible, teens will be asked to return to the lab to complete a brain scan, which includes listening to pleasant, aversive, and startling sounds (fMRI; ~45 mins). 

Participants can receive $30-60.

If interested, contact Marika Coffman at marika@vt.edu or (540) 231-9735

 

Teens and Social Awareness Study

Is your child between 12 to 17 years of age?

STUDY: A new study is investigating how non-anxious teens respond to social pictures. The session will last approximately 1 hour and involve the completion of questionnaires, an eye tracking task, and a computerized task. We require that at least one parent participate in the study with their child. Parents will complete questionnaires.

WHERE: Virginia Tech Child Study Center located at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg, VA, 24060

CONTACT: For more information please contact the Virginia Tech Child Study Center at childstudycenter@gmail.com OR call (540) 231-8276.

COMPENSATION: Parents and their teen will receive one payment, total of $20.

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Stepped Transition in Education Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

We are conducting a study on a new program that targets successful transition of students with ASD from high school to post-secondary education. Enrollment is now open.

Participation in this study involves active involvement in a 16-week research intervention. We are enrolling high school students with a present ASD diagnosis who are at least 16 years old and interested in pursuing post-secondary education. The postsecondary transition support program involves in-person training meetings, online resources, teacher training sessions, and a campus immersion experience for the student. Students will also identify a trusted school personnel in order to help advise them through the transition process as well as involvement from their parents. Participation in the program is free, and students, parents, and school personnel are paid for completing assessments as part of the study. Students are randomly assigned to either Transition as Usual or the STEPS program. Those students who complete the Transition as Usual followed by the STEPS program can receive up to $115.00. Those who receive STEPS alone can receive up to $70.00 for completing study assessments.

If you would like more information concerning the research, please send an email to childstudycenter@gmail.com 

Project website: http://www.stepsasd.org/steps/
Email: childstudycenter@gmail.com

Phone: 540-231-8276

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VT Center for Autism Research Registry

We maintain an active 'registry' for individuals with autism of all ages and their families who would like to be notified of new studies related to autism or other development disorders, which they may be interested in. To register, please complete the survey at this link: https://redcap.vtc.vt.edu/surveys/?s=XC37HPDHTD. For more information, please contact VTCAR@vt.edu.
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VT Center for Autism Research Assessment Database

Do you suspect you or your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? The VT Center for Autism Research conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic ASD evaluations for toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults of all functioning levels as part of our assessment database project. The purpose of the project is to create a database of individuals affected by ASD that can be used for future research studies. We offer a free evaluation and clinical summary report with diagnostic impression for your personal records. Please call (540)231-8747 or email VTCAR@vt.edu for more information.

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Virginia Tech Child Study Center

In need a diagnostic evaluation for you or your teenager? The Child Assessment Clinic at the Child Study Center conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic evaluations for children and adolescents. Please call (540)231-8276 for more information.

Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center and VT Autism Clinic

The Psychological Services Center, including the VT Autism Clinic, is a community-based behavioral and mental health clinic. We provide individual, couple, family, and group therapies as well as assessment services for adolescents, children, and adults. We specialize in providing the best available treatments to improve the functioning, health, and well-being of our clients. Our therapists treat clients with approaches validated by research and matched to the individual needs of the client. Please call (540)231-6914 for more information.

 

Driving Study for Teens and Young Adults with and Without ASD

We are asking parents and teenagers/young adults (ages 15-25 years) with and without ASD to take a survey related to experiences learning to drive.  The survey is online, should take no longer than 30-45 minutes to complete, and those who complete the survey will receive $10.00.  To learn more or to receive a link to the survey, call 540-231-8747 or email vtcar2013@gmail.com and mention the "Driving Study."

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Biomarkers Study

The purpose of this research is to help us learn more about how those individuals with an autism spectrum disorder may be different from those individuals without an autism spectrum disorder in terms  of their heart rate, breathing rate, and brain functioning.  Those who participate in the study will wear a strap to collect heart/breathing rate information, experience an fMRI, collect a genetic sample, and answer some questionnaires.

You will be compensated $10 for every task you complete, up to a total of $40 for four total tasks.  You will also receive a CD with MRI images of your brain on it.  We expect the study to take about 90 to 120 minutes. 

If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747 and mention the "Biomarkers Study."

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Adults

Are you chronically stressed? Free 8 Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course for adults (Fall 2017)

Free training and related research study for eligible individuals as part of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction eight-week meditation program.  Learn tools and practices that have been scientifically proven to reduce symptoms of stress, develop a healthier, more compassionate relationship with yourself and cultivate better overall health and wellness.   

> Teacher-led weekly meetings.

> Learn coping mechanisms and mindfulness meditation.

> No experience required.

Please see www.scanlab.org/MBSR.pdf for information on scheduling and study time involvement.

If interested, or would like more information, please contact the Virginia Tech Social-Cognitive-Affective-Neuroscience Laboratory at: HokieMindfulness@gmail.com


Driving Study for Teens and Young Adults with and Without ASD

We are asking parents and teenagers/young adults (ages 15-25 years) with and without ASD to take a survey related to experiences learning to drive.  The survey is online, should take no longer than 30-45 minutes to complete, and those who complete the survey will receive $10.00.  To learn more or to receive a link to the survey, call 540-231-8747 or email vtcar2013@gmail.com and mention the "Driving Study."

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Neurotherapy to Promote Emotion Recognition in Adults with Autism 

Emotion recognition is critical to social skill. We are enrolling participants for a treatment study for adolescents and young adults with ASD. This experimental treatment targets building emotion recognition skills using a virtual reality, computer-based intervention. The goal of the intervention is to help people improve their ability to recognize emotions in other people, in order to improve social function.

Participants will be offered an experimental treatment (at no cost) and be compensated up to $230.00 (this is the maximum amount of compensation possible, for individuals who are first assigned to the waitlist condition).

Eligibility requirements:

  • Males between 16 and 28 years of age
  • Have an ASD diagnosis, without cognitive impairment
  • Are able to undergo MRI

If you (or your son) decide to be in this study, you will take part in one to two assessment visits to first confirm that you are a good fit for the study that will last approximately two hours. If eligible, we will give you three other assessments, which will last about an hour to an hour and a half. You will also undergo two or three brain-scans (an fMRI). Following this, you will compete 11 30-minute treatment sessions during which you will wear a virtual reality headset to interact with a computerized program, like in a video-game.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact the Child Study Center at (540) 231-8276 or at childstudycenter@gmail.com.

VT Center for Autism Research Registry

We maintain an active 'registry' for individuals with autism of all ages and their families who would like to be notified of new studies related to autism or other development disorders, which they may be interested in. To register, please complete the survey at this link: https://redcap.vtc.vt.edu/surveys/?s=XC37HPDHTD. For more information, please contact VTCAR@vt.edu.
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VT Center for Autism Research Assessment Database

Do you suspect you or your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? The VT Center for Autism Research conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic ASD evaluations for toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults of all functioning levels as part of our assessment database project. The purpose of the project is to create a database of individuals affected by ASD that can be used for future research studies. We offer a free evaluation and clinical summary report with diagnostic impression for your personal records. Please call (540)231-8747 or email VTCAR@vt.edu for more information.

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Biomarkers Study

The purpose of this research is to help us learn more about how those individuals with an autism spectrum disorder may be different from those individuals without an autism spectrum disorder in terms  of their heart rate, breathing rate, and brain functioning.  Those who participate in the study will wear a strap to collect heart/breathing rate information, experience an fMRI, collect a genetic sample, and answer some questionnaires.

You will be compensated $10 for every task you complete, up to a total of $40 for four total tasks.  You will also receive a CD with MRI images of your brain on it.  We expect the study to take about 90 to 120 minutes. 

If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747 and mention the "Biomarkers Study."

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Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center and VT Autism Clinic

The Psychological Services Center, including the VT Autism Clinic, is a community-based behavioral and mental health clinic. We provide individual, couple, family, and group therapies as well as assessment services for adults, adolescents, and children. We specialize in providing the best available treatments to improve the functioning, health, and well-being of our clients. Our therapists treat clients with approaches validated by research and matched to the individual needs of the client. Please call (540)231-6914 for more information.