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UVM-AC is dedicated to promoting and engaging in meaningful research projects. Below are some of the current studies being conducted:


Identifying Speech Problems Study

Researchers at UVM are studying new tests to diagnose speech problems easier. They are looking for children between the ages of four and seven who do or do not have speech problems of any kind. Children with moderate to severe speech disorders will get a brief report about their results. Children with developmental disabilities, including autism, are welcomed! Please contact the Principal Investigator, Shelley Velleman, if you are interested by email or phone (802) 656-3868. 

Email Shelley Velleman 

Motor Learning Study 

Researchers at UVM are now recruiting children with autism ages seven to thirteen years old for a study on the effectiveness of motor learning and video modeling strategies. To be eligible, your child needs to be able to follow simple directions with visual supports and not have other neurological or orthopedic conditions. A phone screen to verify eligibility is required, followed by three 45-minute sessions at UVM or another location of your choosing and three questionnaires on behalf of your child (45 minutes total for all three questionnaires). For more information email or call Liliane Savard at (802) 522-3615. 

Email Liliane Savard for Interest 

If you would like to be contacted by our research team, click here: Contact Form

Story Telling Study 

The Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Vermont is interested in examining the effects of a new caregiver-delivered intervention to support memory, story-telling abilities, and social understanding for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who are between the ages of 6 and 15 years old and their caregivers. This is a 20-week study completed virtually over Zoom. 

Recruitment Letter

Email Ashley for Interest

Email Dr. Tiffany Hutchins for Interest 

Theory of Mind and Social Story Study 

Dr. Patricia Prelock from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont is currently seeking children either with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or without ASD (typical), between the ages of 7 and 14 years old, to participate in a research study. The purpose of this research study is to determine whether children with ASD can improve their theory of mind (ToM) through a social cognitive intervention using social stories. The study will involve a series of assessments; children with participate in a 9-week Social Story intervention as well as MRI/fMRI scanning visits. All assessments and treatment procedures will take place at either Dr. Prelock's office on UVM campus of the University of Vermont Medical center, following COVID-safety protocol (e.g.., face covering and social distancing). Compensation of $50 will be provided for completing each MRI/fMRI scan. Thank you for considering this opportunity. 

Email Dr. Patricia Prelock for Interest 

Email Yu Han for Interest