Preschoolers (3-5 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

Daniella Lucio: dlucio@mednet.ucla.edu

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

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Eligibility:
Individuals with Angelman Syndrome (ages 1-12 or 18 and over), Typically Developing Children (ages 1-12)

Purpose:
This is a prospective, longitudinal, non-drug study at one or more clinical centers in individuals with AS and in volunteers (typically developing controls) with the aim of characterizing sleep features, electrophysiological abnormalities, and neurodevelopment in individuals with AS over a range of ages and genotypes.

Involvement:
Each participant will be evaluated at 2 clinic visits (at the start and the end of the study), at up to 3 home visits for EEG and overnight polysomnography (PSG) (up to 8 weeks after Clinic Visit 1, 3 months, after Home Visit 1, and 6 weeks or less before Clinic Visit 2), and with digital and report measures for 12 months at home. Study assessments will comprise various questionnaires and assessments to be completed by clinical evaluators, participants, and/or their parents/caregivers including exploratory remote patient monitoring.

Benefits:
The outcome of this study will help to improve the tests and scales used in the evaluation of Angelman in the future. You will also be compensated $263 for each visit to UCLA and $132 for each home visit that you complete. Additionally, all study-related assessments will be provided at no cost and you will be reimbursed for all travel expenses.

Contact:
Careese Stephens (cmstephens@mednet.ucla.edu) at 310-206-7404 or Logan Shurtz (lshurtz@mednet.ucla.edu) at 310-825-0180.

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Eligibility

You are eligible to participate if you:

  • Are between 3-17 years old
  • Currently taking Risperidone or Aripiprazole
  • Parent or designated support person available

Purpose

The purpose of this 26-month (2 per year to visits to UCLA and monthly contacts) study is to examine long-term effects on weight, while taking Risperidone or Aripiprazole.

Involvement

  • In-person visits every 6 months include questionnaires about overall health, physical exam, vital signs, bloodwork
  • Brief monthly contacts for medication and health status updates

Benefits

Participants will receive reimbursement up to $250 ($50 per completed scheduled clinic visit)

Contact

autismresearch@ucla.edu
310-267-4798

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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

  • Children between the ages of 2-16
  • Individuals with an ASD diagnosis who are currently receiving services
  • Can speak in either phrase speech (2 words with a verb) or are verbally fluent

Purpose

The purpose of the BOSCC is to provide a standardized and efficient method of measuring change in social and communicative behaviors in people with neurodevelopmental disorders over a relatively short period of time (minimum 8-12 weeks). This study aims to assess the BOSCC’s sensitivity for children who can speak in simple sentences (2 word phrases containing a verb) or who communicate in complex sentences.

Involvement

This study involves two visits to UCLA, about 8-12 weeks apart, in which we conduct the BOSCC assessment (12-minute free play assessment with a standard set of toys).

Benefits

Families will receive $25 for each visit to UCLA, totaling $50 for both visits.

Contact

Chrissie Toolan, PhD: ctoolan@mednet.ucla.edu

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Eligibility

  • Children between the ages of 4-17
  • Must be diagnosed with a Neurodevelopmental Disorder

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
ucla.cart.dance@gmail.com

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Eligibility
You and your child may be eligible if:

  • Your child is 18 months to 5 years of age
  • Your child is minimally verbal - has little or no spoken language
  • Your child has a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Purpose

SPROUT aims to promote language and social communication skills for children with ASD.

Involvement

  • Comprehensive play-based and behavioral assessments
  • Parent questionnaires
  • 10-20 weeks of intervention

Benefits

Participants will receive:
  • JASPER (Joint Attention, Symbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation), an evidence-based intervention

Contact

James Yang: wsyang@mednet.ucla.edu
310-983-1057

(PI: Connie Kasari)

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Eligibility
You and your child may be eligible if:

  • Your child is 3.5 to 5.5 years old
  • Your child has a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Has had at least 3 months of early intervention or preschool
  • Walked prior to 24 months
  • Has less than 20 words

Purpose

The purpose of BLOOM is to gain further understanding of speech within ASD in order to develop more personalized treatment. UCLA researchers will investigate the effects of combining an evidence-based joint attention intervention (JASPER) with a motor-sound system intervention (PROMPT) versus receiving only JASPER.

Involvement

Participating children will receive one 60-minute session of intervention work per week for 12 weeks at UCLA and/or at a Santa Monica speech clinic.

Benefits

Participants will receive:
  • Free assessments of language and cognitive skills
  • Free evidence-based intervention at UCLA or SSLP, Inc. in Santa Monica

Contact

Consuelo Garcia at cogarcia@mednet.ucla.edu
310-983-1057

(PI: Connie Kasari)

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Eligibility
You and your child may be eligible if:

  • The child is minimally verbal
  • The child has a confirmed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
  • The child is between 3.5 and 5 years of age

Purpose

This study seeks to examine language outcomes for preschoolers with ASD involving current evidence-based therapies, including Discrete Trial Training (DTT), JASPER (Joint Attention, Symbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation), and Combined and Enhanced Therapy (CET).

Involvement

Participants will receive free social communication intervention.

Benefits

Participants will receive:
  • Assessments of language and cognitive skill
  • Evidence-based intervention in the community, at home, or at UCLA

Contact

Kyle Sterrett: ksterrett@ucla.edu
310-983-1057

(PI: Connie Kasari)

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