A Typical Visit



Before your visit:

When your child is eligible for one our studies a research assistant will contact you to schedule an appointment based on your availability. We will send you directions to our center and free reserved parking right in front of our building. If you have other children you would like to bring, we can see if they are also eligible for one of our studies. If not, one of our fun research assistants will play with them in our playroom while you are with your other child during the study, or they watch you in the same room.

During your visit:

When you arrive at our lab in the Center for Clinical Services, please check in at the front desk. One of our research assistants will greet you in the waiting room at your appointment time.  We will have plenty of time for your child to get comfortable in our fun playroom filled with toys. During this time, a researcher will explain the study to you and will ask you to sign a consent form agreeing to have your child participate in the study. We will answer all of your questions before starting the study. When your child is comfortable, the researcher will take you and your child into our testing room for the study, which will last 10-40 minutes depending on the study (for infants the time is more towards 10-15 minutes and for older more towards 40 minutes). If your child becomes fussy, needs to take a break, or does not want to play anymore, we can stop the study at any time.

After your visit:

Once the study is over, your child can pick a small prize as a thank-you for his/her participation (a book or a t-shirt) and you will receive a monetary travel reimbursement for your participation. The researcher will answer any questions you have about your visit. When you are ready, we will escort you back to your car. If you are interested in visiting the lab again, we will contact you when your child is eligible for the next study!


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