Studies Open to Enrollment

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Enrolling 6th-8th graders

Web-Based Assessment of Social-Emotional Skills in Middle School (R305A200220)

We are currently looking for children in grades 6–8 to complete some computer-based activities to help us develop and validate a brand new social-emotional assessment called SELweb Middle School (SELweb MS). Participation takes about 90 minutes and can be completed remotely via Zoom, and children receive a $15 gift card for participating. Click here to request more information, or contact our study coordinator Ashley Karls at ashley_karls@rush.edu.

SELweb MS is a web-based assessment designed to measure key social-emotional skills that are associated with success in school and life and that are the targets of school-based social-emotional learning programs. SELweb MS includes three assessment methods—factual questions, situational judgment tasks, and self-report. The intended use is to provide assessment data that can be used to guide instruction and measure skill acquisition after a period of instruction. In this way, SELweb MS will be designed to serve as a formative assessment and a tool for continuous improvement. School districts interested in using SELweb MS should reach out to ashley_karls@rush.edu. Click here to view details on the SELweb MS assessment and study.

 

Enrolling children 4–6 years old

Effects of Background Noise on Word Learning in Preschool-Age Children (R01HD100439)

Have you ever struggled to hear in a crowded, loud room? Now imagine that you need to learn new words in that background noise! That is often what young children need to do: our world is noisy, and they are trying to build their vocabulary through experience in that world. Our research team in the CHALK lab are seeking to understand how children navigate these types of environments. We are inviting children between 4 and 6 years of age to test how background noise affects children’s ability to learn new words.

Participation includes two visits at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center (Skokie) or Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Remote testing is also an option. Visits will last approximately 1 hour, and families will receive a $10 gift card for the first visit and $25 for the second visit. Children will also receive fun prizes and books! Click here for more information or email us at chalk_rnbc_research@rush.edu

 

Enrolling children 6–10 years old

The Influence of Visual Speech on Lexical Access in Children (R01DC018596)

Our research team in the CHALK lab are seeking to understand how visual speech cues (e.g., lip-reading) affect language processing in school-age children. We are currently recruiting children who are between 6 and 10 years of age to help us with this project.

Participation includes two visits at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center (Skokie) or Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Remote testing is also an option. Visits will last approximately 1 hour, and families will receive a $10 gift card for the first visit and $25 for the second visit. Children will also receive fun prizes and books! Click here for more information or email us at  chalk_rnbc_research@rush.edu.

 

Seeking School Partners!

Validation of a Spanish-Language Social Reasoning Assessment for Spanish Speaking English Language Learners (R305A200463)

We are looking for school districts interested in utilizing the Spanish-language version of VESIP, our web-based direct assessment of social information processing skills in grades 3–7. This study aims to determine whether the Spanish-language version of VESIP is valid for use by Spanish-speaking English language learner (ELL) students. For more information, contact our study coordinator Ashley Karls at ashley_karls@rush.edu.

VESIP uses a self-directed and interactive virtual system to measure responses to five types of challenging social situations across several assessment domains. Children design their avatar character and view social interactions unfold, answering assessment questions via interactions with a virtual peer character within the program.

 

Spark Online Registry

If you or your child has a professional diagnosis of autism, Rush University Medical Center invites you to learn more about SPARK, a new online research study sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative. The mission of SPARK is clear: speed up research and advance understanding of autism by creating the nation’s largest autism study. Joining SPARK is simple – register online and provide a DNA sample via a saliva collection kit in the comfort of your own home.

Register in person at Rush University Medical Center by contacting us at 312–563-2765, emailing Norma_Calderon@rush.edu, or visiting www.sparkforautism.org/rush.