Clinical Trials / Research Studies
Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Delay Study For Children 18 to 48 Months 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 to 48 months old who are known or suspected of having ASD or developmental delay may be eligible to participate.


  • Autism

What will happen in the study?

This study includes one study visit that will take two to three hours. During this 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
  • You will complete the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales-3, as assessment of your child’s adaptive behavior in daily living activities
  • We will evaluate your child using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2), if one hasn’t been completed in the last year, and the Mullen Scales of Early Learning
  • We will collect a small sample of saliva from your child
  • If you have had recent developmental testing completed, the study visit may be shorter.

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.


Contact Us.Mya Jones
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