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Research in the fields of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and neuroscience are typically done in parallel. This means that we know very little about the brain basis of repetitive/stereotypic behaviors or of developmental delay more generally. This study is doing crossover work, to see if brain networks work differently in children and adolescents with developmental delay (with or without autism) who also engage in repetitive behaviors, comparing them with youth who don’t have repetitive behaviors.

We’re looking for children and adolescents with intellectual/developmental delay with and without restrictive and repetitive behaviors like self-injurious behavior or stereotypic behaviors that interfere with daily functioning.

The study involves at least 6 visits. Participants will have IQ testing and 1 or 2 MRIs. Participants will come in a few times to learn about MRIs and practice laying still in an MRI simulator. Children with repetitive behaviors will also complete a functional analysis and have the option of ABA treatment.
All participants will receive free IQ testing and $100.

Participant Eligibility

Children and adolescents age 7-16 diagnosed with intellectual and developmental delay with or without autism
Ability to undergo 1 or 2 MRIs


Mike Donahue
(206) 221-0969

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
The INCLUDE Developmental Delay Study

Study ID: 00001035
Start Date: 05/20/2018
End Date: 04/07/2020

Nina de Lacy, MD, MBA
Eric Boelter, PhD, BCBA-D

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?

Study Site(s)

Seattle Autism Center

4909 25th Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98105


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.