Washington Study of Outcomes, Neural Development, and Early Risk


What is the goal of this study?
The WONDER research study uses technology and behavioral assessments to monitor and map social brain development.

Who can join the study?

Researchers are looking for English speaking families with infants to be part of one of three groups:

  • Infants under 14 months old with an older sibling (whole or half) with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Infants born with low birth weight: 4 lbs., 5 oz. or less (2000g) under 6 months old.
  • Infants born at 35 weeks or more and weighing more than 5 lbs., 8 oz. (2500g) with no know serious medical conditions, or no first or second degree relatives with ASD under 6 months old.

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

  • This study consists of 4-5 in-person study visits during the first three years of life at our research lab in Seattle. During visits, researchers will record brain activity and eye movements while showing your child pictures and videos. They will engage your child in play-based activities to assess different aspects of development, such as language and motor skills.
  • One caregiver will be asked to complete questionnaires around the same time as the study visit, and 3-4 phone interviews of the course of the study. Feedback on standardized assessments is provided in the form of a written report.
  • Families participating in the study may receive up to $425 by the end of the study for completing all the study activities. Parking validation is provided.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, please fill out the interest form, call 206-884-9637, or email the study coordinator.

Read more about the wonder team here