The Center for Autism Research is located on the 8th floor at 3535 Market Street in Philadelphia. Our space is designed to make families feel comfortable before they even walk in the door. The hallway leading up to our Center is a gallery of artwork by individuals with autism spectrum disorders. We are proud to showcase the works of these talented artists.
Once they enter our Center, families can choose from three different waiting areas. Our child waiting room includes a dry erase wall where kids can literally write all over the walls, a corner activity station for infants and toddlers, and a DVD player and television. Our Resource Room contains books and materials on autism spectrum disorders, notebooks of local resources available to families, and a video library. Our third waiting space has a large flat-screen television and a variety of magazines. The goal of all three spaces is to make families feel welcome and comfortable in whichever setting they choose.
Within our clinical area, we have a sound-proofed lounge area where research participants watch prepared movies. While a participant is lounging comfortably on an easy chair, we track brain activity in response to what is being shown. This room is called the ERP (event related potentials) room.
Also in our clinical area, we have a mock MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner where research participants can become accustomed to the machine before the real tests begin. When it is time for the real scan, families will go to the Wood Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, just a short distance away.
In November 2012, CAR will be opening a second location in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. For many of our studies, families can elect to visit King of Prussia to complete parts of a research evaluation or to receive clinical feedback.