Clinical Trials / Research Studies
Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Delay Study For Children 18 Months to 7 Years Old

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children's is conducting a research study to see if the information in saliva may help us to learn more about autism and our ability to diagnose it at an earlier age.

Who can participate?

Children 18 months to 7 years old who are known or suspected of having ASD or developmental delay may be eligible to participate.


  • Autism
  • Disabilities: Developmental

What will happen in the study?

This study may include up to three study visits that will take 30 minutes. During the visit, here are the things that will happen:

  • You will complete a questionnaire about your child and his/her medical history and ongoing medical problems
  • We will collect a small sample of saliva from your child, as well as their height and weight

You will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

There is no direct benefit to you or your child from participating in this study, but the information we learn may help other children in the future.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

Possible risks and discomforts will be discussed with parents or guardians interested in learning more about the study.

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Participants will receive up to $25 for time and effort for study visits.


Contact Us.Paige Beechan
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Rebecca Shaffer, PsyD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center