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Current Studies

Research on Sensory Intervention in Boys with Autism

What’s the study about?

Greater than 80% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sensory differences that make it difficult for them to fully participate in meaningful everyday activities. In this research study, we will use MRI and behavioral methods to assess how sensory interventions might change sensory brain structures, allowing us to better predict which sensory interventions might work best for whom.

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What will happen in the study?

The study is for boys aged 6-8 years old diagnosed with autism by a physician, psychiatrist, neurologist, or psychologist. Over a 12-week period, families in the experimental group will attend intervention sessions twice a week. The intervention will be administered by a licensed Occupational Therapist and will include playing on swings, scooter boards, climbing equipment, bolsters, and large carpeted barrels. The 12-week sensory intervention may improve your child’s communication, reciprocal social interactions, repetitive behaviors, and/or restricted interests. As a thank you for participating, families will receive up to $120.

Help researchers understand and learn more about non-pharmacological interventions for children with ASD and how their brains use sensory information. Contact us to find out if your family is eligible!