Understanding the Shared Reading Needs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Caregivers

You and your child are invited to be in a research study of how children participate in shared book reading with their caregivers. We are recruiting both caregivers of typically developing children and caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

➢ The purpose of this study is to understand how children engage in shared reading activities with their caregivers. By taking part in our research project you will help us better understand how children learn so we can make early literacy activities better for all children. If you decide to take part in this study, your participation will include:

o Reading books with your child. You will be asked to read a total of 9 books with your child. A member of the research team will provide you with an assortment of books. You will also be asked to select your child’s favorite book from his/her personal library. These reading interactions will be videotaped for scoring purposes

o Completing a questionnaire. You will be asked to complete a survey that contains questions about how often you read with your child at home, your reading experiences, and beliefs about reading with children

o Child assessments. A member of the research team will administer a number of assessments with your child. These assessments will provide us with information about your child’s overall development, early literacy and language skills, and behavior.

➢ All research activities will take place across 4-5 visits lasting approximately 60-90 minutes each. We would like to have all three visits conducted within a one-month time period if possible. You may choose to have research activities conducted at your home or at the University of Minnesota.

➢ You will be compensated for your time. You will receive a $50 gift card at the completion of the study. You will also receive a summary of how your child performed on the norm-referenced assessments. This information has been useful to parents to understand how their child is performing on important developmental and school readiness outcomes.

Eligibility:
Child is 3-5 years of age
Home language is English

If you are interested in participating in this study please fill out the form below, or contact a member of our team via phone: (612)626-7110 or email: cart@umn.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

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