Theory of Mind in Older Children and Teens with ASD

Research Study


Harvard University Lab for Developmental Studies is seeking children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for a study of cognitive development.

Who can participate?

  • Children 5 to 17 years old, whose first language is English.
  • Our lab has other studies, with shorter tasks, for younger children too!
  • If you’re not sure if your child qualifies, we’re happy to discuss it.

What does participation involve?

  • Families come to our lab for one session, lasting an hour and a half to two hours. Before the session, we explain all the details of the study and answer any questions you have. You can stay with your child the entire time.
  • Your child completes standardized assessments of basic language skills, listens to some stories and answers some questions, and watches a short video on an eye tracker. The eye-tracker looks just like a computer monitor, and is safe to use with kids.
  • You complete a brief questionnaire about your child’s social communication skills.
  • At the end of the second session, we will again review all the details of the study, and again answer any questions you have.

What are the incentives?

  • Your child will receive a small prize (e.g. stuffed animal or tee shirt) for participating
  • You will receive $5 as reimbursement for travel expenses
  • Free parking is available during sessions, and we are near the Harvard Square T-stop.
  • Help us discover more about cognitive development, and learn more about your child!