Grade School (6-12 years)

Eligibility

Individuals of all ages with a professional diagnosis of autism and their family members may participate.

Purpose

SPARK: Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research and Knowledge is a landmark national autism research study designed to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. SPARK will collect unique information from thousands of individuals affected by autism to give researchers the information they need to improve treatment and achieve scientific advances as rapidity as possible. More participants in SPARK means more good data for research.

Involvement

Participation in SPARK can be done entirely at home – registration can be completed online and the DNA sample can be provided using a saliva collection kit mailed to the home. There is no cost to participate.

Benefits

Upon completion of the registration process, the individual with autism will receive a $50 gift card.

Contact

Raquel Amador: RaquelAmador@mednet.ucla.edu

For more information visit https://sparkforautism.org/?code=ucla

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Learn more about SPARK for Autism!

¿Qué es SPARK?

SPARK es el mayor estudio sobre el autismo que se ha realizado hasta la fecha y potenciará la investigación sobre el autismo en los próximos años. Creemos que para encontrar respuestas para usted, necesitamos entender lo que le hace único. Y lo que le conecta con los demás. Lo hacemos mediante el estudio de la información genética, conductual y médica.

¿Quién puede unirse?

¿Es padre o madre de un(a) hijo(a) con TEA? ¡Únase a nosotros! ¿Es una persona con un diagnóstico de TEA? Necesitamos de usted. No hay ningún costo para usted y mantenemos sus datos privados.

¿Cómo puede participar?

  • Cree una cuenta en línea.
  • Invite a miembros de la familia.
  • Entregue una muestra de saliva para el análisis de ADN.
  • [Descubra y participe en nuevas oportunidades de investigación sobre el autismo].

Contacto:
Raquel Amador: RaquelAmador@mednet.ucla.edu

Eligibility

  • You have one or more children the ages of 3 years and older with symptoms of autism.
  • Families must be of African American descent

Purpose

To help researchers understand autism spectrum disorders in African American families.

Involvement

  • One screening phone call.
  • One in-person visit to our clinic or community site for up to 6 hours.
  • Observations of children’s behavior.
  • Questionnaires and interviews for parents about themselves and their children’s development.

Benefits

  • Participants will be paid $250.
  • Participants will receive a written feedback report summarizing the psychological test findings on their child(ren) with autism.

Contact

Erin Graham at (310) 794-4090 or at EGraham@mednet.ucla.edu

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Eligibility

  • Child between the ages of 7-17
  • Child with finalized adoption from DCFS
  • Child with typical development
  • Child with autism spectrum diagnosis

Purpose

  • To investigate the neural and behavioral mechanisms of sensory sensitivity.
  • To better understand how different groups of children interact with their sensory environments through neuroimaging and behavioral assessment.

Involvement

  • One brief phone call to complete a phone screener to determine eligibility
  • One mock scan visit (1-2 hrs) - participant paid $25
  • One scan/behavioral assessment visit (3-4 hrs) - participant paid $85

Benefits

  • Participant paid up to a total of $110
  • Participant will be sent a picture of their brain
  • Participant can choose to receive a written report of their sensory profile

Contact

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ASD Flyer

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Eligibility

  • Children between the ages of 8-12 years
  • Must be diagnosed with Autism

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of dance classes on motor skills and behavior.

Involvement

Participants will participate in FREE weekly dance classes (held via Zoom). Kids are paired 1-to-1 with a teacher who will modify the group classes to meet their unique needs and ability level.

Benefits

Participants will receive $100 upon completion of the study, as well as a unique opportunity to make friends and stay active from home!

Contact

Text “MORE INFO” to 303-718-6434
airpdancestudy@mednet.ucla.edu

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PI: Dr. Rujuta Wilson

Eligibility

  • Children between the ages of 8 and 15
  • Children with typical development
  • Children with autism spectrum diagnosis

Purpose

To examine how brain, behavioral, and physiological responses to sensory stimuli develop over time in children with autism spectrum disorder compared to typically developing children.

Involvement

  • One brief phone call to complete a phone screener to determine eligibility
  • One mock scan visit (1-2 hours)
  • Two scan/behavioral assessment visits (3-4 hours) over the course of two years
  • Questionnaires at each time point

Benefits

Participants will receive:

  • Up to $270 ($25 for the mock scan, $110 at each time point, a bonus $25 for the follow-up visit)
  • A picture of their brain
  • An optional research report on their sensory processing

Contact

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Eligibility

You may be eligible if:

  • Your child has a diagnosis of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) and
  • Is 3-6 years old
  • English or Spanish is the primary language spoken in your home
  • You live in the United States

Purpose

We are seeking to learn more about behavior problems in young children with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC).

Involvement

This study involves one virtual visit which will include:

  • Play interactions between you and your child
  • Parent interviews
  • Questionnaires

Benefits

Your family will receive:

  • Feedback on your child's behavior and development from a clinician
  • $100 gift card upon completion of the virtual visit

Ask about a potential opportunity to receive free internet-delivered behvioral treatment.

Contact
Salma Peña
SYPena@mednet.ucla.edu
310-825-3251

ENGLISH FLYER

SPANISH FLYER

PI: Mirella Dapretto, PhD

Purpose

The purpose of this research study is to discover the different causes and characteristics of autism in boys and girls. Participants may be asked to complete on or more of the following: MRI’s, interview, EEG, blood draw, genetic testing, and neuropsychological testing.

Eligibility:

  • 7 - 35 year old with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis

Benefits

  • Study related assessments
  • Up to $440 in compensation for participants

Contact
UCLA IDEA Lab
IDEAlab@mednet.ucla.edu
323-391-8795

Flyer

Purpose: The purpose of the study is to test how well the English vs. Spanish ADOS-2 captures autism symptoms in bilingual individuals with or at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Involvement: Two visits (about 2-3 hours each), three weeks apart. The clinicians would administer the ADOS-2 in both Spanish and English, the Brief Observation of Symptoms of Autism (BOSA), cognitive testing and parent questionnaires.

Who: People who already have a diagnosis of autism or think they may have autism.

Ages: All ages!

Benefits: Families will receive a report and up to $100.00 for Amazon.

Contact: mtafolla@mednet.ucla.edu, (805)863-8678.

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Propósito: El propósito del estudio es evaluar si el ADOS-2 en Inglés o en Español captura mejor los síntomas del autismo en personas bilingües.

Requisitos: Dos visitas (alrededor de 2-3 horas cada una), con tres semanas entre medio. Los terapeutas administrarán la Escala de Observación para el Diagnóstico del Autismo-2 en Español e Inglés, la Breve Observación de los Síntomas de Autismo (BOSA), pruebas cognitivas y cuestionarios para padres.

Quien: Personas que tienen un diagnostico de autismo o piensan que tienen autismo

Edades: Todas las edades!

Beneficios: Familias recibirán un reporte con el diagnóstico e información adicional de la evaluación y una tarjeta de hasta $100.00 para Amazon.

Contacto: mtafolla@mednet.ucla.edu, (805)863-8678.

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Eligibility: 8-12 year old bilingual children with autism or children with autism who speak one language.

Purpose: Our lab is broadly focused on investigating the relationship between brain connectivity and cognition in typical and atypical development. For the Bilingualism and Flexibility in Autism Study in particular, we are interested in understanding how language experiences shape brain development and flexible behaviors in both monolingual and bilingual children with autism.

Involvement: Participation in our study involves two separate visits that will last about 2 hours each: one for assessment and one for an MRI scan.

Benefits: Participants will receive $75 upon study completion, along with a picture souvenir of their brain scan! Parking fees are covered as well.

Contact: Elijah Gragas:uclabccl@gmail.com, 323-609-5866. For more information, visit our lab website at https://www.semel.ucla.edu/bccl