Current Studies

PLOT:   Profiling Language Learning Over Time

A study on how children learn words in stories and the skills that support learning. This work is funded by NIH BIDCD R21 DC017226.

Help us understand how children learn, with a focus on autism spectrum disorder and fragile X syndrome!

This research addresses how children learn - in this case, how children learn new vocabulary words in stories and how memory and attention relate to new learning! We are seeking children who have autism spectrum disorder (ages 5-10), fragile X syndrome (ages 5-10), or no developmental disabilities (ages 2-6).

Click here to tell us you are interested. Click here to see a flyer about the study. To learn about opportunities to participate in our research, contact us at any time: or 206-685-2202.


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General Expectations for Visiting the Lab

Prior to a visit

You would receive an email that includes:
  • An appointment reminder. This will have the date and time of your appointment and the names of the lab members you and your child will meet.
  • Parking instructions

General Frequently Asked Questions About the Lab

Q: Will I be with my child during a study?
A: We want to be sure that both you and your child are comfortable during your visit. You will be able to observe your child from a window into the activity room or you can remain with your child, if that is a better fit with your family. If you are in the room with your child during study activities, we would still be interested in what your child does on his or her own and would talk with you about some strategies to work towards that.

Q: Can I bring my other children with me?
A: We are happy to work with your family's schedule and needs, including other children that might attend a visit. Other children can stay with you during study activities and we can talk with you in advance about what to expect and what we can do to make the visit go smoothly.

Q: What will a visit tell me about my child?
A: Our research focuses on observing how children develop skills related to language and communication with the goal of eventually supporting those skills to help children achieve their best. Because of the design of our studies, we interpret results from groups of children. Although you would not receive individual results based on your child, study findings will be shared when they are available.

Q: What will you do with this research?
A: We will present results based on what groups of children did during study activities at professional conferences, in educational settings, and in published articles

Other Resources

National Fragile X Foundation