We want to understand more about how a child's brain processes sounds, words, and pictures in children 8-12 years of age with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum (including Asperger Syndrome) and children 8-12 years of age who are typically developing.
Participants will be asked to visit the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research where your child will complete a number of tests designed to measure their language, problem-solving, and basic academic skills. Parents will be asked to complete a few questionnaires about their child’s development. A second visit will be required to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where your child will complete non-invasive brain imaging. Your child may watch a silent movie while they lie in the scanner and hear sounds presented to them over the speaker in the room. Participants will be compensated for their time in the study and may receive a short report describing their development and performance on the tests. Free parking and a small toy for your child will be provided following each visit.