The purpose of this study is to learn more about the effects of nutrition on bone health in boys with autism. The study includes three groups of boys ages 6 to 10:
- Boys with autism and severe food pickiness
- Boys with autism and mild food pickiness
- Boys without autism and food pickiness
Bone density will be compared among the three groups.
Who can participate?
Your child may be eligible if he:
- Is 6 to 10 years old.
- Can attend two clinic visits lasting one and a half hours each.
What will I be asked to do?
As part of the study, the caregiver and participant will come to Marcus Autism Center for two sessions.
- A nutrition screening
- A bone-health screening at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston hospital
- Nutritional assessment
- Bone-health screening scan
- Lab testing for nutritional status and bone-health markers
What are the benefits of participating?
Parents will get feedback on nutritional intake, dietary patterns, possible deficiencies and an overview of bone-health scores. If needed, your son will receive a referral to the Feeding Support and Pediatric Bone Clinic. Families will also be reimbursed up to $50 ($25 per visit) for their time.
Who is leading the study?/
William Sharp, PhD, is leading this study.
How can I sign up?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-785-7600 and say you’re interested in the Nutrition and Bone Health Study.