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An Autism Study at Yale Child Study Center

For more than 100 years, the Yale Child Study Center has been an internationally-recognized leader in the field of child development and mental health. It has also been an important resource for local Connecticut families, particularly those who have concerns about Autism and anxiety-related disorders.

As part of the Yale Child Study Center’s ongoing commitment to supporting families and   improving our understanding of effective treatments, the Sukhodolsky Lab is currently accepting inquires about enrollment in therapy-based studies for children on the Autism spectrum. These studies give families the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research and receive psychological services free of cost.

In our study of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety in children (ages 8-14) with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we provide 15 weekly sessions of therapy conducted at the Yale Child Study Center (New Haven, CT). We also ask children to complete fMRI assessments before and after treatment. fMRI is a type of brain imaging that allows us to better understand the neural mechanisms of Autism and to see firsthand how therapy changes the brain. In addition to receiving therapy and a comprehensive assessment of autism, families are paid for their time.​ Children will also receive a picture of their brain in the mail!

The Sukhodolsky Lab is also looking for families with typically developing children (ages 8-14) who are interested in taking part in the fMRI (brain imaging) portion of this study. Families are asked to come into the Child Study Center for two visits and will be similarly compensated for their time.

​Families who have younger children (ages 4-9) with Autism may be interested in our study of Pivotal Response Treatment. In addition to receiving this play-based behavioral therapy, families will receive a clinical evaluation and report, as well as payment for their time.​

 

For more information or to schedule a visit to the Sukhodolsky Lab, please contact study coordinator Rebecca Jordan at Rebecca.jordan@yale.eduor (203)737-7664.

 

 

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