What is this research study about?
This study aims to investigate how sounds are processed by pre-schooler children who are on the autism spectrum.
Why should I help?
The findings of this study will be used to improve our understanding of how the brain processes sounds for children on the autism spectrum.
Who can take part?
You are invited to take part in this study if your child Is between 3-and-6-years-old, has a diagnosis of autism, and uses speech to communicate.
Who is conducting this study?
This study is being conducted by researchers from Macquarie University, with the support of the Australian Research Council (ARC).
What will I be asked to do?
This study has two parts :
In Part 1 (1.5 hours, $40 pay), a stretchy cap will be fitted on your child’s head. They will listen to musical sounds and watch a silent cartoon of their choice whilst lying in a comfortable, silent paediatric brain imaging device called magnetoencephalography (MEG; https://bit.ly/2FVocAT). A member of the research team then will conduct a few short cognitive and hearing tests.
In Part 2 (1 hour, $20 pay), a member of the research team will conduct an ADOS-2 assessment which involves running some games and activities with your child to determine their social and communication styles.