Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Social Skills Training for Children with Autism:**
Research on 3D, virtual-simulation-based social skills training

The purpose of this study is to design and evaluate a 3D, virtual-reality-based social skills learning platform for children with high-functioning autism. If you agree to allow your child to take part, your child will participate in an 8-session online social communication training program, two sessions per week for up to 5 weeks (depending on the child’s rate of progress). Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Your child will receive a $50 gift card at the end of the study. If your child is in grades 4-7 and diagnosed with high-functioning autism (or Asperger’s Syndrome), your child is qualified to participate in this study. >>Learn More

Examine your knowledge level regarding child abuse and your concern about your child’s safety 

Florida International University is looking for participation in a new study. We are looking for parents of children with autism spectrum to participate in a study that has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Florida International University. The purpose of this study is to examine your knowledge level regarding child abuse and your concern about your child’s safety. You will also be asked about your comfort level with providing sexual education and sexual abuse prevention information to your child. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities have been found to be at an increased risk for abuse, but there are few programs to help parents talk to their children about this problem. This study seeks to determine how big of a concern sexual victimization is to you and how willing you are to talk to your child about it. >>Learn More

SPARK: Simons Foundation Power Autism Research for Knowledge, a national cohort of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder Protocol

If you or your child has a professional diagnosis of autism, UM-NSU CARD invites you to learn more about SPARK, a new online research study sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative. The mission of SPARK is clear: speed up research and advance understanding of autism by creating the nation’s largest autism study. Joining SPARK is simple – register online and provide a DNA sample via a saliva collection kit in the comfort of your own home. Visit to register online or email us at for more information. Together, we can help spark a better future for all individuals and families affected by autism.