Research Participant Opportunities

Social Challenges Study
Does your child have challenges with social interactions? Looking for children age 3 – 8 with autism (or suspected autism) for a research project. Participating children will receive a free assessment from certified professionals in psychology and speech-language pathology and have a chance (1:20) to win a IPAD complete with speech-generating software. If interested contact Laura DeThorne at or 217-244-2556.

Interview Study

We are looking for participants for an exciting research project that will focus on understanding mothers’ experiences related to their preschool children’s participation in physical activities, and how mothers support the physical activities of their preschoolers with disabilities. About the Project: As a participant, you will complete (a) A short family information questionnaire AND (b) be interviewed face-to-face for approximately one hour Potential Participants: Please consider participating in this study if: (a) You are a mother of a preschooler (aged 3-5 years) with a disability (not including children with physical and/or sensory disabilities) (b) You are a native English speaker AND (c) Your and your family live in Illinois In appreciation for your time, you will receive a $20 gift card for participating in this study. Mothers’ Perceptions of Physical Activities for their Preschool Children with Disabilities If you are interested in participating in the study or if you would like more information, please contact: Hsiu-wen Yang,, 626-461-4491 Micki Ostrosky,, 217-333-0260 or Hedda Meadan,, 217-333-0260

Nutrition, gut microbiome and autism study
Earn $30 dollars and get a free diet analysis and nutrition education session!
Children (4-7 years of age) newly diagnosed with ASD are needed for a research study conducted at the University of Illinois on the relationship between diet, the gut and autism symptoms. Parents will complete questionnaires and food records and will collect samples of their child’s stool 3 time points. A $30 gift certificate ($10 per sample), a free diet analysis and free nutrition education session will be provided for completing the study. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kirsten Harold at (217) 333-2685 or

I-Pics is…
A research project that teaches parents of young children (ages 2- 6) with autism or developmental delays to use naturalistic communication strategies to improve their children’s communication skills .
5 online training modules
Receive one-on-one coaching
You receive $100 when you complete the project!
Contact Hedda: 217.333.0260

Writing Practices Research
A graduate student in the Dept. of English is researching the writing practices of U of I students with an ASD. This project involves conducting interviews with students who self-identify as having an ASD and are interested in sharing their experiences with writing both in and outside of the classroom. Participants must be 18 or older, have an official ASD diagnosis and be a current or recent U of I graduate.
Contact: Pamela Saunders,

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