Autism researchers seek children for study

Are coordination skills the underlying link between language and motor deficits in children with autism? That is one question NIU speech-language pathology assistant professor Allison Gladfelter and physical therapy assistant professor Christina Odeh are looking to answer with their current research study. They are seeking participants for a research study exploring how balance, coordination, language and quality of life measures are related to symptoms of autism.

Speaking children between the ages of 3 and 12 with autism qualify. Participants will be scheduled for four sessions, each lasting approximately one hour, at NIU’s SpeechLanguageHearing Clinic, HUSKIES Lab and HUSKIES in Motion Lab, 3100 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. It is possible to schedule all the sessions for the same day. Families will be compensated roughly $10 an hour and the children get to pick out toys as prizes. Families will also receive a report of their child’s hearing, speech, motor, adaptive skill and language standardized testing scores.

If you are interested in participating or finding out more about this opportunity you can contact Allison Gladfelter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP at 815-753-7737 agladfelter@niu.edu or Christina Odeh, DHSc, PCS at 630-557-9648 codeh@niu.edu.

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