Typically, a researcher will first send an email or a letter to your home with an invitation to participate. Most are one-time visits that last anywhere from 20-60 minutes. Occasionally researchers need participants in a longitudinal study involving multiple visits. Of course it is totally up to you and your schedule if you can come in. Researchers are sensitive to your needs and appointments can be made during the day, evening or weekend. Parking is free. If you need to bring your other children, our research assistants are always available to play with siblings while you wait.
What one parent says:
"I never worry if he will do the right or wrong thing. I personally think it's a good thing for us to do as they look at the development of children. This kind of research is helping them figure out how to deal with development issues."
"No one thing we are studying is the whole story. It's how it all fits together in the end. We look at the early motor development, attention, social play, and language, from birth to three years. We hope to weave it all together. There are a lot of fundamentals to learn." -Dr. Linda Smith