The Music and Rhythm study is interested in monitoring where babies look and what they pay attention to in social situations that may help us to screen for autism at earlier ages.

The Music and Rhythm study is interested in monitoring where babies look and what they pay attention to in social situations that may help us to screen for autism at earlier ages.

Who can participate?

Children between the ages of 1 and 3 can participate. There is no inclusion or exclusion criteria based on gender or ethnicity. Participants cannot have any genetic conditions or significant hearing/visual impairments.

What is involved?

Participating families will come in for one visit at the Marcus Autism Center. Families with a child with suspected or confirmed autism will complete a full diagnostic evaluation by our clinical providers for ASD. This visit will typically last 3-4 hours and will include a developmental assessment and parent interview. Families with a child without autism will complete a play-based assessment. Both groups will also have eye tracking sessions. This session will include having the child watch a short video and using eye-tracking software to track where they gaze while watching.

What will participants receive?

Participating families will be compensated for their time and receive developmental feedback. Families in the autism group will receive a full developmental evaluation, a diagnosis and referrals.

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If you would like to enroll your child in this study or have additional questions, please email us at marcusresearch@choa.org or call 404-785-7600.