Participate in UNO studies on ASD in Winter 2018

Research Opportunities with UNO

The University of Nebraska at Omaha has two research opportunities for children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The purpose of these studies is to help identify early risk factors associated with ASD and to help these children receive intervention sooner.

Study in 6-8 year olds with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder

Location: The Biomechanics Research Building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
Duration:  A one-time visit that lasts approximately 35 minutes.
Compensation: $15.00 to Toys R Us.
Procedure:  Your child will simultaneously stand on a force plate as we measure posture, wear a non-invasive cap that measures brain oxygenation, and watch a video (8 minutes long).

Study in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 19-35

Location: The Biomechanics Research Building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
Duration: Three visits that last approximately 1 hour each.
Compensation: $75.00 to Amazon
Procedure: You will stand on a force plate as we measure posture for four two-minute conditions: 1) with eyes opened and shoes on, 2) with eyes closed and shoes on, 3) with eyes opened and barefoot, and 4) with eyes closed and barefoot. We will also have you wear a heart rate monitor while standing. Lastly, you will complete questionnaires regarding your health history, daily habits, and exercise behavior.

If anybody has any questions regarding either study or wishes to participate, please contact Jordan Wickstrom, M.S. at 402-276-3053 or

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Brad Wendel

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska (GO BIG RED) and live there with my wife Mindi and our 5-year old son, Alex. Alex was diagnosed on the Spectrum in the Spring of 2014. Originally non-verbal, Alex has made massive leaps in speech and motor development thanks to local therapists, teachers, assistants and countless recreational and educational activities available to residents of the Omaha area. I promise to work hard and make sure you are aware of everything available to you and your special needs children.

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