UC Davis MIND Institute - SquareIf you have a son with Fragile X syndrome or a son with autism between 15 and 22 years of age, you and your son are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Dr. Leonard Abbeduto at the MIND Institute University of California, Davis. The project is a collaborative effort with researchers at the University of South Carolina and at the New York State Institute for Basic Research on Developmental Disabilities.

The goals of this study are to learn more about the language development of individuals during the transition period from adolescence to adulthood, to identify language differences between individuals with Fragile X syndrome and those with an autism spectrum disorder, and to learn about how language impacts adult outcomes. We will also ask the biological mothers to participate through interviews and the completion of a short assessment to measure problem solving skills.

If you decide that you and your son would like to be in this study, we will ask that you visit the MIND Institute of the University of California, Davis in Sacramento or the University of South Carolina in Columbia four times over the next four years. The costs for eligible travel expenses, including hotel and airfare, will be covered by the project.

If you would like to learn more about either of these studies, please call the Study Coordinator at (916) 703-0226 or email: language.research@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.

This research is approved by a University of California, Davis Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants.

IRB Approval ID: 260517-11