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Young children with autism spectrum disorder: learning and development

What is BALU?

BALU is is a research project at the University of Oslo that investigates learning and development of children with autism and a control group of peers.

We need more participants to our study, and invite all children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old who are diagnosed or have a tentative / preliminary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder to participate in the study.

What do we examine?

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Language and cognitive functioning:

We use play-based tests to examine the child´s language and cognitive functioning.


Interaction and social communication:

We film the child while playing with known adults and watch their reactions to different exciting toys.

EEG og eye-tracking:

The child will watch a short movie and play a PC game, while the child-friendly eye-tracking and EEG-equipment will measure eye-movements, pupil size, and brain activity. Both eye-tracking and EEG are completely harmless and can be used with children of all ages. 

Where does the examination take place? 

The examination can be done in the kindergarten, at your home, or at the University of Oslo. If you want us to do the examination in the kindergarten, we will contact them to ask if we can book a room. It is important that someone who is familiar with the child participates in the examination. However, if the parents are unable to participate, a person from the kindergarden may join the child during examination.

What do the parents need to do? 

If you allow the child to participate in the study, we need a declaration of consent from you (this can either be done via out webpage or by signing the consent + contact information form). We will contact you as soon as we receive the consent to make further arrangements.

If you have the chance it is highly appreciated if you can fill out a questionnaire about the child and attend a filmed 10-minute play session with your child.

What do you recieve?

The child recieves a gift during the examination. The parents will get information about the development of their child, and will be contributing to important knowledge about learning and development of young children with autism spectrum disorder.

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