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Treatment Study: Improving Dental Care and Oral Health in Children with ASD


Participation involves:
-4 study visits over 6 months, including 3 dental office visits and 1 visit to UCI
-completion of questionnaires
-some families will also participate in a 10-week intervention at UCI

Families will receive an electric toothbrush and a 6-month supply of tooth brushing materials. Families may receive up to $500 compensation for study participation.

Contact Jackie at (949) 267-0428 or

UCI Autism Physical Exercise Research Study: Children Ages 6-12 Years Old


We are investigating the effects of physical exercise on anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants will be asked to participate 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks in a physical exercise intervention or LEGO/Minecraft therapy. Parents will fill out questionnaires and participants will be asked to provide saliva samples. Up to $60 in gift cards and small prizes will be provided for compensation.

Please see the flyer for additional information.

SPARK – online research partnership for people with autism

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SPARK is a landmark autism research project aimed to make important progress possible. SPARK stands for “Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge. The mission: “We want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. If your child, or someone you know, has a professional diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder learn more by contacting SPARK.” No cost to join.

Autism Emotion and the Family Research Study


This study examines how children’s biologically-based emotional patterns predict strengths and challenges in everyday functioning, and what caregivers can do to help. Looking for children between the ages of 6 and 10 who have been diagnosed with ASD. Participation includes a parent-child laboratory visit at CSUF, and parent completion of questionnaires.

Families will receive $75 for their time.

This study ends April 1, 2018

Dr. Jason Baker and Dr. Rachel Fenning


Autism Glass Project


The Autism Glass Project seeks to provide a more immediate supplement to therapy by providing a mobile at-home therapeutic learning system, codesigned by children and families with autism, that can integrate seamlessly into their daily lives outside of the clinical setting.

Interested in participating?

We’re looking to recruit children who: ü are between the ages of 6-12 years old, ü have a clinical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ü and receive ABA therapy at least twice per week. Sounds like your child? Here are the next steps…

1. Let your agency know that you are interested in participating.
2. Visit to sign up.
3. Complete the Autism Glass screening and eligibility questionnaire at
4. Have questions? Email the Autism Glass team at or call them at 650-497-9214!

The UC Irvine Family Lab Research Study


The UC Irvine Family Lab is conducting a research study examining participation in adaptive sports teams (designed for children with special needs) and child well-being outcomes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Families are eligible to participate in this study if:

 Your child has been clinically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 Your child is between the ages of 8 and 11 years old

 Your child is currently enrolled in an organized sports team (i.e., soccer, softball, basketball, football, hockey, etc.) that is adaptive (specially designed for children with special needs)

 The child must NOT be currently enrolled in any martial arts classes

Participation in the study involves:

1) Parent completion of an online questionnaire (~1 hour)

2) Two visits to UC Irvine for diagnostic and social & cognitive assessments of child (~1.5 hours each, separated by ~13 weeks)

3) Continued participation in organized sports team between the two UCI visits

Families will be compensated up to $50 for their participation in the questionnaires and visits to the university

To receive more information, please submit your contact information to our secure online interest form (scan QR code or visit link) and a member of our research team will call you with more information:

Phone: (949) 824-7441


For questions, please contact the Lead Researcher:

Janice Phung, M.A. (; Faculty Sponsor:

Wendy Goldberg, Ph.D.

UCI IRB Approved: 11-24-2015 | APP # 9023 | HS# 2015-2312 1 of 1

Social Skills Training with Dogs


Do you suspect or does your child have an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Are you interested in social skills training with dogs to help your child?

The University of California at Irvine under Dr. Sabrina Schuck is conducting a new study for children who have or may have ASD. In this study, children will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive environment, which will promote their social skills, self-esteem, and self‐regulation skills. This study involves weekly social skills training sessions with experienced and certified therapy dogsIf you are interested, you and your child may be eligible to participate.

The first study session will be this Thursday July 14th. Participants will meet every Thursday for 6 weeks, ending on August 18th.

 Children between the ages of 7 and 9 who have or may have ASD

 6 Social Skills Training sessions and 6 Behavioral Parent Training sessions are available at no cost to you

Elopement Patterns & Caregiver Strategies Research Study


A 2012 Interactive Autism Network study of more than 1,200 families with children between the ages of 4 and 17 found that parents reported that nearly half of children with ASD had attempted to elope at least once. The study also found that the risk for elopement increased with the severity of autism. Nearly half of those parents said that their child eloped with the intention to go somewhere or do something, while only a tenth reported that their child eloped because he/she was confused, sad and lost.1

IAN Research is now delving deeper into the elopement and wandering patterns of children and dependent adults with autism, and looking at the prevention strategies that caregivers implement, in ourElopement Patterns and Caregiver Strategies Research Study.


  • All parents of children with ASD ages 4 and older are eligible to participate
  • Legally authorized representatives of adults with ASD ages 18 and older

Eligibility does not require a history of elopement and we encourage all families to participate.

Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards.  See the attachment for additional information.

Anxiety Research Study (No family history of ASD’s)


May 6, 2016 Announcement

The UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment is conducting a new Study: Sensory over-responsivity (SOR) is a highly prevalent feature of autism spectrum disorders (ASD): an estimated 50-75% of children with ASD experience SOR, ranging from general discomfort to distress in loud or complex environments. SOR appears to be linked with increased anxiety in autism, and parents report that SOR symptoms are among the most disruptive aspects of everyday life. It is unknown whether anxiety and SOR are linked and what biological mechanisms may cause SOR and anxiety in ASD and whether these systems are specific only to ASD. This study will use brain imaging (MRI) and physiological measurements (e.g., heart rate) to determine how children with anxiety, ASD, and non-affected children respond to sensory stimuli with the goal of determining how these systems are alike and how they differ.

Participants will receive $75 for their participation and receive a picture of their brain! We are currently looking for children between the ages of 8 and 17, who have a clinically diagnosed anxiety disorder, and have no family history of ASD.

If you are interested in hearing more about the study, please feel free to contact our Research Coordinator Hilary Bowman at 310-825-5326 at anytime. We would love to chat on the phone to discuss the study more and make sure they would qualify.

Autism in the Workplace Survey

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Take our survey and let your voice be heard! We are looking for young adults (16-30 years old) with Autism and/or their family members/caregivers/guardians to complete our survey.

The Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism at Chapman University is interested in your opinions on the opportunities and services available for young adults with autism in the workplace. Your responses will help us to better understand and advocate for policy changes to support young adults with autism transition into the workplace.

The survey should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. This survey is available in Spanish. If you would like to receive a copy of the results, or if you have any questions, please email us at To take the survey:

1. Email tpi@chapman.eduand let us know you would like to complete the survey- we will send you the link OR 2. Visit this page to complete the survey: Please Complete by March 31st, 2016