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ACTIVE STUDY: Engaging Young Autistic Listeners: A Technology Prototyping and Music Theory Community Engagement Project

Approval Status: Approved
Number: 65
Submission Date September 21, 2022
Is this study IRB-Approved? Yes
Date of NEXT IRB Review: 02/27/2023
Full Study Name: Engaging Young Autistic Listeners: A Technology Prototyping and Music Theory Community Engagement Project
Short Study Name: Music for Young Listeners with ASD
College / Affiliation College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering
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Location of Study: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716
Description of Study:

We invite you and your child with autism to participate in a safe, interactive, and musically engaging research project run by University of Delaware faculty and students in collaboration with Autism Delaware. Inspired by Autism Delaware’s mission — “that all people with autism have opportunities to learn, grow, and live full lives as included and valued members of their communities” — the focus of our research is to create arrangements of children’s songs that promote engaged music listening by children with autism. These arrangements are intended to empower such children to listen with pleasure, attention, and participation (e.g. singing along), and to thus gain access to a formative cultural experience shared by many children. The arrangements composed by music students and faculty at the University of Delaware are designed specifically for children with autism, and future compositions and technology innovations will benefit from you and your child’s input.

Research participants (one parent-child pair) will complete a single short survey providing introductory information and availability. Based on this availability, a meeting will be arranged at the Rt. 9 Library and Innovation Center (New Castle, DE) multi-sensory room. During this 60–90 min. session, the child will be introduced to the multi-sensory room and music-listening device, and then have the opportunity to listen to interactive children’s songs on a prototype music-listening device. Following the session, both parent and child will be asked to complete a short semi-structured interview about the experience. Following the completion of the visit, parents will receive a $20 digital gift card to Amazon sent to your email address.

Will participants be compensated for participation?
Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria:

We are recruiting adult and child pairs. Child participants must be between 4–12 years of age, accompanied by one adult parent or legal guardian, and must not be hearing impaired.

“How to Apply” Description:

To volunteer you and your child as participants in this study, please complete the following eligibility questionnaire:

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Contact Name: Matthew
Contact Last Mauriello
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PI Name: Matthew
PI Last Mauriello
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