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Clinical Research Trial for Children and Adolescents with ASD

The Jacob Lab at the University of Minnesota has started recruiting individuals to join the aV1ation study.  AV1ation will test an investigational medicine that blocks a hormone receptor in the brain that is linked to socialization, stress, anxiety, and aggression. We are asking if the study drug can improve social behavior and communication in children and adolescents.
Who Can Participate:

  • Ages 5-17 years old
  • With an ASD diagnosis
  • Are 'high functioning' (for this study, that means an IQ of at least 70)

For more information, please visit the study website at www.theaviationstudy.com and/or feel free to contact our study team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-625-8448

Goally Beta Testing

Goally is a startup developing a "smart clock" to enhance your child's ability to perform routine activities of daily living independently.  Goally is a stress-reducer for busy parents and a way of helping children develop a sense of mastery and control.

They are currently seeking beta testers to test a prototype Goally for 2 weeks (zero cost) and provide feedback.  Beta volunteers should:

  • Have a child with autism between the ages of 5 and 18
  • Be willing to provide feedback by phone and via the app during the test period

Go to https://goally.co/AS008 to sign up and learn more.

Penn State Parent and Teacher Surveys

This online survey examines what autism treatments you have seen implemented, what treatments you find effective, and your thoughts about the treatment effectiveness. There are two versions of the survey, one for parents and one for teachers.

The results of this treatment will help us to understand what treatments are commonly used for children with Autism and to assist with disseminating treatment choices.

Click here for the parent survey and click here for the teacher survey.

 Please contact Dr. Kimberly Schreck at (717) 948-6048 with questions or concerns about this research.

Invitation to participate in a research study on autism service preferences

We would like to invite you to participate in a research study about your thoughts and feelings about autism services. We are looking for people with autism and their families to take an online survey about how you think and feel about different services you may have used. If you would like to participate, please click on the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N2LZ5J5. The survey can be completed in English, French, Italian, or German.

To thank you for taking part in this survey, you will be given the opportunity to enter your email into a drawing for one of five 100$(CAD) Amazon gift cards. Your email address will not be linked to your survey responses and we will not keep your email address after the drawing has been completed – it is only going to be used to select gift card winners.

If you have any questions, please write us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Ariel Cascio) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Eric Racine). Thank you!

Survey for Wives of Men with High Functioning Autism

Women are invited to participate in a study that will be evaluating the process of maintaining a NT/AS marriage that thrives, conducted by Claribel Severson, MA, NCC, LPCC, a doctoral candidate at Capella University, Minneapolis, MN Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Who is eligible?

INCLUSION CRITERIA

Participants must meet the following criteria:

• Married at least 5 years to a man diagnosed with High Functioning Autism (Asperger Syndrome

• Be between the ages of 30-65 years old

• In a self-described stable and thriving marriage

• Husband should be considered high-functioning they should be working or in a career and engaged in the marriage in a satisfactory manner as described by the wife

• Husband must have a formal diagnosis by a therapist or professional

• The couple must be adept at managing conflict within the marriage (may not report high conflict or domestic abuse)

 

EXCLUSION CRITERIA

• If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD or have an autism spectrum disorder

• A Personality Disorder diagnosis such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Histrionic, Antisocial, or any other personality disorder not listed here

• Women in abusive relationships or victims of domestic violence

• Women in past or existing domestic violence

• Women with suicidal ideation in the past or present

• Substance abuse disorders

• The husband should not have co-occurring diagnosis such as bipolar, schizophrenia, addictions to substances or any other diagnosis (mild anxiety, mild OCD, mild and well controlled ADHD but must be well controlled).

• Husbands who have experienced major depression within 5 years

What will you be asked to do? The study involves a 1-4 hour audio recorded in-person interview and 40-60 minute follow-up phone call. Participants will receive a $10 Coffee Gift Card. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please call 218.454.3288 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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