Research in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab

Studies Recruiting

Online Parent Survey of Literacy Skills in Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

We are currently recruiting parents of children with an intellectual or developmental disability disorder between 6 and 17 years of age to participate in an online survey. The purpose of this study is to learn more about the literacy development of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants will be asked to complete a short survey including questions about their child’s literacy skills and their home literacy practices. If you have a child with an intellectual or developmental disability between 6 and 17 years of age and would like to participate, please click on the link below.

Literacy Skills Survey

Research Study on Language and Brain Imaging

The Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting boys with fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorder for a study on language and communication skills and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Boys should be between 9 and 18 years of age, and speaking in at least 2-3 word phrases. The purpose of this research is to better understand how children with fragile X and children with ASD use language. Participants will complete standardized tests, a conversation language sample, as well as an autism diagnostic evaluation. Parents will complete an interview about their son’s behaviors and communication abilities. Participants will also undergo an MRI scan and we will ask parents to help make your son comfortable in the MRI scanner during the scan. All of the testing is done at the Waisman Center, and can be scheduled at your convenience. Travel costs (e.g., flights, mileage, hotel) will be paid for by the project, and families receive $150 for participation. For more information or to see if your son is eligible please contact the study coordinator, Susen Schroeder.

Susen Schroeder
(608) 263-5145

Research study on Parenting and Language Learning in Young Children with Down Syndrome

If you have a child with Down syndrome between 2 and 5 years of age, you and your family are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. Audra Sterling at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

The purpose of this study is to learn more about the relationships among parenting, social interactions, and language learning in children with Down syndrome.

If you decide that you and your family would like to participate in this study, we will ask you to complete questionnaires related to your child’s development and daily behaviors, as well as your marital relationship and overall health. We will come to your home and record your family as you interact during different daily activities, such as during making a snack together, playing and reading a story. During our visit, we will also complete developmental assessments through interacting with your child. Additionally, we will request that you use our audio recording device to record 1-­2 evenings for three hours before bedtime. Your family will be compensated $50 for your time.

If you are interested in this study or would like to learn more, please call the Study Coordinator at (608) 263-­5145 or email