What is the study?
The purpose of the study is to use brain imaging methods to look at differences in structures of and networks within the brain between high-functioning individuals with ASD compared with age- and gender-matched healthy individuals.
All child participants will participate in an MRI scan about 1 hour in length, during which they will either lie quietly in the scanner or complete short computer tasks. If the child has ASD, they will also come to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic for testing of their cognitive skills, language, and current behaviors related to ASD, which will take about 2 hours. Additionally, parents will complete questionnaires about their child's medical history and social/communication skills and, if their child has ASD, also complete several interviews related to the child's early development and current symptoms of ASD.
What is the duration of the study?
In all, the study takes about 5 1/2 hours to complete. The study procedures may either be completed in one long day or split up between two separate visits.
- Ages 8-17
- With or without ASD