Participate in our research

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Every day, our investigators conduct research that has the potential to change people’s lives. Often we seek volunteers for those research programs. Some children and adults who volunteer may have specific conditions, while others volunteer to serve as controls or people who don’t have those conditions. We seek a variety of participants across age, gender, disability, race, and other criteria. 

We are so grateful to have families share their experiences, time, and knowledge with us. Explore studies that are recruiting volunteers below.

Looking for toddlers who may have autism

This study will help identify risk factors for children with autism who will remain minimally verbal without intensive language intervention from therapists.

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Seeking Preschoolers with Autism

Juniper Gardens Children's Project is seeking preschoolers who speak fewer than than 20 words, have autism or related characteristics, and attend a preschool with peers. Participation is dependent on school or program administration approval.

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Kindergarten Children Acquiring Words through STORYbook Reading, or KAWSTORY, is recruiting kindergarten-eligible children for a project on vocabulary learning.

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Participants Needed for Brain Research

The KU BRAIN Lab is seeking research participants ages 5-35. The purpose of the study is to understand brain development and how it relates to thinking, movement abilities, and sensory processing.

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FXTAS in aging FMR1 premutation carriers

This study is recruiting individuals aged 50-80 with an FMR1 premutation gene with and without FXTAS as well as individuals without an FMR1 premutation.

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