Marcus Autism Center is enrolling boys with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to participate in a research study on nutrition and bone health.

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

Tests include:

  • 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 marcusresearch@choa.org or call 404-785-7600 and say you’re interested in the Nutrition and Bone Health Study.