Examine Young Children’s Performance on Shape Identification

Research Study Looking for 3-6 Year-Olds

Dear Parents,

My name is David Shelton and I am a doctoral student in the School Psychology Ph.D. program at Tennessee State University. I am seeking to recruit participants for a research study which will examine young children’s performance on shape identification.

I would like to include children ages 3-6 years old, with and without autism, as participants in this study. Participation will require approximately 10 minutes for child participation. Children will be asked to point to shapes on flashcards. The parents of participating children will also be asked to give written consent and complete a brief informational interview, which might last up to 15 minutes.

It is hoped that findings from this study could increase our understanding of how children with autism use shape information and might inform future autism interventions. All procedures have been approved by the Institution Review Board (IRB) at Tennessee State University.

Participation can be scheduled at your convenience, from March 1, 2016-April 30, 2016.

If you are interested in having your child participate, please contact David Shelton at dshelto8@my.tnstate.edu.

Thank you for considering this research opportunity.


David W. Shelton, M.S.
School Psychology Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology
Tennessee State University

If you have any questions you can contact me, or my advisor

Thomas J. Gross, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Professor, School Psychology Ph.D. Program Coordinator
Department of Psychology
Tennessee State University
(615) 963-5152

Or the Tennessee State University Institution Review Board

Dr. G. Pamela Burch-Sims, Chair

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