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Patient Recruitment

Healthy Infants With Typical Development

Infant Research Opportunity

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Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are conducting a research study to learn more about the motor skill and brain development of infants who are at high-risk for or diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared to infants with typical development. The results of this study may assist with better methods for early diagnosis as well as improved treatment for children with CP and ASD. The results of this study may eventually assist with better methods for early diagnosis as well as improved treatment for children with autism. This is an outpatient visit and all the minor participant require parents’ permission to participate.

Study Procedure:

  • Assessment of Motor Skills: Your infant will attempt to perform various movement tasks such as reaching, clapping, sitting, standing, or stepping.
  • Assessment of Brain Development: Your infant will wear a comfortable, non-invasive cap during the motor tasks to measure brain activity.
  • Assessment of Overall Development: Your infant will be assessed by a researcher using the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development. You have the option to receive the results of this test.

Who Can Participate?

  • Infants ages 3-12 months who are developing typically


  • You and your infant have the option to come for one or multiple visits at the NIH. The NIH Clinical Center, America's Research Hospital, is located on the Metro red line (Medical Center stop) in Bethesda, Maryland. Onsite parking is available.


  • Compensation will be provided for participation. There is no charge to you for study-related tests or visits.

For more information, contact:
The NIH Office of Patient Recruitment
(TTY users call 800-877-8339 TTY / ASCII)
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Or go online:
Refer to study # 18-CC-0052

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

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This page last updated on 10/22/2021

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