Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Clinical Research Studies


Clinical Research

Scientists at IBR are conducting clinical studies of how infants develop. Participation in these studies helps advance our progress toward improving the early identification, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of a broad range of developmental disabilities, including autism. Individuals who take part in the studies are given the opportunity to receive information about evaluations and interventions that address these developmental problems.

The Infant Development Follow-Up Program studies the development of infants and tracks their progress periodically from birth, especially those at high medical risk, such as being born preterm or requiring NICU care, and those at high risk for autism, such as having a brother or sister with autism. The aim of the program is to develop neurobehavioral markers or behavioral methods that can be used to identify potential developmental problems so interventions can be started as early as possible during infancy. The program offers parents and guardians of infants who take part in the study information about their babies’ development, suggestions to help their babies reach their fullest potential, and if any potential problems are identified, referrals for further evaluations and recommendation for interventions.