Condition or Therapy:

Autism Spectrum Disorder


Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, Low Birth Weight, Prematurity

What is the goal of this study?

The WONDER research study uses technology and behavioral assessments to monitor and map social brain development.

Who can join the study?

Researchers are looking for English speaking families with infants under 6 months old to be part of one of three groups:

  • Infants with an older sibling (whole or half) with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Infants born with low birth weight: 3 lbs., 15 oz. or less (1800g).
  • Infants born weighing more than 5 lbs., 5 oz. (2500g) with no know serious medical conditions, or no first or second degree relatives with ASD.

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

  • This study consists of 5 in-person study visits during the first three year of life at our research lab in Seattle. During visits, researchers will record brain activity and eye movements while showing your child pictures and videos. They will engage your child in play-based activities to assess different aspects of development, such as language and motor skills.
  • One caregiver will be asked to complete questionnaires around the same time as the study visit, and 4 phone interviews of the course of the study. Feedback on standardized assessments is provided in the form of a written report.
  • Families participating in the study may receive $400 to $425 by the end of the study for completing all the study activities. Parking validation is provided.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, please call (206) 884-9637 or email the study coordinator.

Study Location(s):

Seattle Children's Research Institute West 8th

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Frederick Shic