Autism study: UC Riverside recruiting families of young children

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An autistic child goes through physical therapy exercises. The Family Autism Research Center at UC Riverside is seeking 50 children with autism for a study on how autistic kids acclimate during their early school years.

The Family Autism Research Center at UC Riverside is seeking 50 children with autism for a study on how autistic kids acclimate during their early school years.

Potential participants must be between the ages of 4 and 7, and live in the Inland Empire or the L.A./San Fernando Valley area. The 18-month study will be the first of its kind.

Researchers from UC Riverside and the University of Massachusetts will assess each child’s academic performance at periodic meetings. Parents and teachers will fill out questionnaires about each child’s social skills and behavior, parental involvement in school and the student-teacher relationship.

Researchers hope the study will help them figure out how to make autistic kids’ transition to school as smooth as possible.

A 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control estimates that as many as 1 in 88 children have some form of autism in the United States.

For Inland Empire evaluations, the center says families can call 951-827-3849. For more information about the Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley evaluations, call 310-825-9592.

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