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Using Technology to Improve the Lives of Children

Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab

Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab (SCITL, pronounced like the candy Skittles), directed by Dr. Frederick Shic, is dedicated to using, advancing and developing everyday technologies for improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Our work focuses on both theoretical and applied advances that will help disconnected individuals connect with others.

SCITL’s mission is to bring radical, state-of-the-art, transformative technologies into everyday use to improve diagnostic precision, advance novel therapies and better understand mechanisms of change throughout an individual’s lifespan.  SCITL is committed to supporting equitable research that engages a diverse population of participants and staff.

Areas of work include biomarker development – primarily using eye tracking and near infrared spectroscopy – to track the effects of treatment, understand developmental and behavioral heterogeneity and predict clinical outcomes both concurrently and prospectively.

We are also developing innovative technologies including mobile apps, video games, robots, smart toys and virtual reality systems to enable next generation sensing and therapeutics.

Participate in Our Research Studies

Facial Privacy Study: New Study for Clinicians Utilizing the ADOS-2

We’re inviting clinicians with ADOS-2 coding experience for this study to assess the potential usefulness of applying privacy mechanisms (blur, deep fakes) to ADOS-2 session videos for remote clinician coding.

WONDER: A Study for Low Birthweight Infants or Infants with Siblings Diagnosed With ASD

We want to better understand social brain development in infants during the first three years of life. Learn more about this study.

Discovering Eye Tracking Biomarkers of ASD

We are testing a potential tool for identifying children with developmental delays based on a noninvasive and safe measure which shows where a person is looking while watching a video. The study hopes to develop a way of detecting developmental delays including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on differences in viewing patterns measured while toddlers watch child-friendly videos. For more information, send us an email.

Participate in Other Studies for Autism and Other Disorders

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