This study is currently seeking children between 7 and 12 with High Functioning Autism !

The goal of this research project is to gain knowledge about the behavioral and neural bases of mathematical processing in children with High Functioning Autism (HFA).

This study consists of 5 steps:

  1. The first session is focused on a neuropsychological assessment. This assessment includes an IQ test as well as a reading and math skills test and will familiarize the participant with fMRI procedures. This session lasts 3 to 4 hours and participants are compensated $50.

  2. The second session includes an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). This is a play based assessment in which the researcher observes the child without the parent in the room. This session requires 1 hour.
  3. The third session consists of an Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI). This is an interview between the research and the parents and the child is not involved in this measure. This session lasts 3 hours.
  4. Participants will also complete an MRI scan. During the MRI scan, participants will respond to computer-based tasks while pictures of their brain are taken. An MRI scan is a safe, non-invasive procedure that does not use x-rays or radiation. To read more about MRI please click here. This session lasts 2.5 hours and subjects are given $50.
  5. Partcipants will be asked to return for a second MRI scan during which they will complete additional experiments. Compensation is also $50.

Participants will receive compensation based on the number of sessions completed and participants can receive up to $150.

The second, third, and fourth sessions can be done in any order, and are scheduled according to what works best for our families.

All sessions will take place on Stanford’s campus near the Stanford Hospital. To see where the sessions are located, please click here.

Click here to fill out our online registration form to participate!

If you would like to print our Autism flyer, please click here.

If you are interested in participating in other autism studies, please join the Stanford Autism Research Registry by clicking here.