UC Davis

Kids sought for virtual reality autism study

By From page A5 | September 08, 2013

UC Davis researchers are seeking children to participate in a study of how children with high-functioning autism learn in classroom settings, where the challenges of relating to teachers and classmates can form obstacles to success.

The researchers are recruiting participants between ages 8 and 15 who have been diagnosed with high‐functioning autism to visit a Davis laboratory.

The study will examine their virtual classroom behavior and attention and compare it with that of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and those with typical development, according to a news release.

Enrollees will participate in a study that examines public speaking, social attention, math and reading academic development. Each will take part in two three‐hour‐long sessions that include academic assessments and computer games that measure public speaking, collaborating with people and  thinking about people.

Teachers also will be asked to provide data on student performance via an online survey.

Gift card compensation will be provided to students and families for each visit attended, and families may request an academic achievement report at the conclusion of participation.

For more information about participating in the study, contact [email protected] or 530-297-4430.

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
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