WHY: The Assessment Database serves those who are interested in receiving an assessment for Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD). 

WHO: Those who are interested in having an ASD assessment completed.

CONTACT: If you have questions, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747. 

If you are interested in being a part of the VTCAR Registry and contacted for future studies, please visit this site and complete the survey.

WHY: The Registry serves as a database that can be used for participant recruitment. 

WHO: Those who are interested in being contacted about ASD related studies at Virginia Tech may complete this Registry.

CONTACT: If you have questions, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747. 

If you are interested in being a part of the VTCAR Registry and contacted for future studies, please visit this site and complete the survey.

WHY: We are conducting a study on the study of a new treatment for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who struggle with handling their emotions.

WHO: Teens ages 12-17 with an ASD diagnosis and IQ of 80 or higher who also have difficulties with their emotions.

WHAT: The program involves individual sessions, online resources for parent and teen, and at home practices for the teen. There is no cost for this program and we offer payments, receiving up to $125.00, for completing the assessments.

CONTACT: If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating, please email psyc.soc.interventions@gmail.com

WHAT: The primary goal of AMPP (Autism Mentor Parent Program) is to provide families with the support and information they need to successfully navigate their child’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and treatment process. Trained parents (mentors) will share their experiences and help provide encouragement to other parents (mentees) as they learn to navigate their new reality. The purpose of the current study is to pilot the use of an online mentor-mentee matching program for parents of children with ASD. Usefulness, satisfaction and sustainability of the program will be evaluated via parent report pre and post participation.

WHO: Parents (18+) of children of all ages with ASD in  New River Valley 

COMPENSATION: You could receive up to $25

CONTACT: If you have any questions please contact vt.ampp@gmail.com or call (540) 231- 8747

WHY: The PEERS for Preschoolers program is a parent-assisted social skills intervention for young children with ASD who are having difficulty making and/or keeping friends.

WHO: Parents and Children with ASD ages 4 to 6

WHAT: The group consists of 16 weekly sessions that are 1.5 hours in length. There will be a simultaneous parent and child group and joint interactive play at the conclusion of each session. Topics covered include asking for and using friends' names, how to greet friends, how to share and take turns, and giving parents the tools for social coaching their child. Clinic rates apply. Families can earn up to $50 for completing screening, post-intervention, and follow-up sessions.

WHERE: Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) Blacksburg, VA 24061

CONTACT: p4pvt2016@gmail.com

WHO: Children diagnosed with ASD between the ages of 2-5 years and their mother

WHAT: Participants will participate in a 1.5 hour long visit with 3 follow up questionnaires to complete after

  • Mothers will complete questionnaires 
  • Mother and child will complete interaction task 
  • Physiological data will be collected from mother and child (saliva sample from both, heart rate from mother)
  • Families can be reimbursed up to 50$ (20$ for time 1, and 10$ each for times 2 and 3, with a bonus $10 if all time-points are completed)

WHERE:

VT Autism Clinic

3110 prices Fork Rd. 

Blacksburg, VA 24061

CONTACT: 

Phone: (540) 231- 2053

Email:  vtstresstest@gmail.com

PURPOSE: This study will examine possible biomarkers that identify autism, such as brain signals, heart rate, and genes

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals with ASD between 6 to 55 years of age

COMPENSATION: $10 for every task you complete, up to a total of $40 for four total tasks.  You will also receive a CD with MRI images of your brain on it.  

CONTACT: 540-231-8747, or email vtcar2013@gmail.com. When you call or email, please mention the "Biomarkers Study."

PURPOSE: To facilitate the successful transition of students with ASD from high school to post-secondary education
ELIGIBILITY: Students between 16 to 25 years of age with diagnosed ASD (such as Asperger’s Disorder) who are college-bound or currently enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college or university.
COMPENSATION:The program is free AND students, parents, and involved school personnel receive payments for completing assessments (up to $70 for students, $45 for parents, and $10 for school personnel) 
CONTACT: http://www.stepsasd.org/steps/

WHY: The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research (VTCAR) wants learn about the needs, goals, and barriers towards employment of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In the long term, we aim to develop an employment training program that helps improve employment opportunities for young adults with ASD.

WHO: You are eligible if you are a business owner or employee responsible for making hiring decisions for your business.

WHAT: We invite employers from companies of all sizes to participate in 1 hour focus groups to discuss employment issues related to individuals with ASD. Participants will hear a short presentation about ASD and then discuss potential barriers, benefits, and other surrounding factors concerning employing individuals with ASD. If employers would like to help with this project, but are unable to attend a focus group, an individual interview may be scheduled.

WHERE: Virginia Tech or a location of your choosing, at a time scheduled for your convenience. Interviews can also take place over the phone!

CONTACT VTCAR at 540-231-8747 or email vtcar2013@gmail.com