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Get a free evaluation for your child by participating in autism family research

The University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders is seeking families to participate in an autism research effort that will help provide insight into the most common and unexplained form of autism spectrum disorder which does not seem to run in families, but arises "out of the blue." Families taking part in this evaluation will receive a no-cost evaluation of their child with ASD at the Thompson Center, as well as a report they can share with schools and others as they arrange services for their child.

Families who complete the study will also receive $50 for each participating family member.

To be eligible to participate, families must have:

  • Only one child with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (which includes autism, Asperger's syndrome and PDD-NOS), age 4-17 (but who does not also have Down Syndrome or Fragile X syndrome).
  • One or more typically developing sibling(s), preferably age 4 or older
  • Two biological parents who are both available to participate
  • No other cases of ASD in the immediate or extended family.

If you join the study, researchers will ask you about your child's development and behavior, will assess your child and will collect blood samples from your child, one unaffected sibling and both parents. The study is funded by the Simons Foundation.

For more information, call the project director at (573) 884-1893.

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