Supporting communication between parents and babies from birth: The Baby AICES study
The Baby AICES study is interested in supporting families of a newborn where there is a family history of autism, ADHD or intellectual disability.
Interactions between parents and babies are among the most influential experiences in a child’s life. This study is testing a world-first program that helps parents understand their baby’s early social and communication abilities and empowers parents to interact with their baby in a way that supports their early development.
Through this study, we are seeking to understand whether this new program improves the language and social development of babies.
Recruitment is now open. If you are pregnant and your family has a history of autism (or ADHD or language disorder or intellectual disability) and you would like to participate, please contact:
For more information about the study, please click here.
Group Intervention for Infant Communication
The Group Intervention for Infant Communication Study is being conducted by Telethon Kids Institute and the WA Health Child Development Service (CDS). The aim of the study is to understand how children learn social and language skills and how we can help children reach their full potential.
The study is looking for infants aged 7 to 14 months, who have been referred to the CDS for social communication delay. The group therapy focuses on helping families understand more about their child’s communication abilities.
If you would like more information about the study, please click here or contact:
The aim of the TALK study is to understand how testosterone exposure in the womb may be related to brain growth before birth, and language development after birth.
We will study 500 women from 18 weeks pregnancy until birth, and then their child until three years of age. The information we collect during this study will help us to better understand how children acquire the remarkable skill of language, and how we can best support children who have difficulties learning language.
The study is being conducted by a team of researchers from Telethon Kids Institute in collaboration with the Joondalup Health Campus, The University of Western Australia, the University of Oxford and the Max Planck Institute.
If you would like more information about the study, please click here or contact the Project Coordinator.
Phone: 6319 1700
The Gazefinder Study
The Gazefinder study is testing whether ‘Gazefinder’ eye tracking technology could improve our ability to detect and diagnose autism in early childhood.
The study is being run by La Trobe University in Melbourne and Telethon Kids Institute in Perth. Viewing of the Gazefinder takes 2½ minutes and is like watching a computer or TV. The video animation involves clips that are playful and engaging for young children – animated characters, shapes, and human faces set to a musical background.
We are looking for children with autism and children without autism aged 2 to 4 years 11 months to participate in the study.
For more information about the study, please click here or contact the Project Coordinator.