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This secure registry is open to individuals of any age and families who may be impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder.  By completing the online consent form and demographic survey, our researchers will be able to contact you about upcoming intervention studies and/or clinical services that may pertain to you or your child, and you can also sign up to receive information about local autism events.

If you or anyone you know is interested in being contacted about autism related studies or local events at Virginia Tech, please share this information and complete this consent and survey:


This study seeks to identify the potential benefits, safety, and tolerability of AB-2004 in treating irritability associated with Autism  Spectrum Disorder in adolescent participants age 13 to 17.  This is a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the effect of AB-2004 for 8 weeks in improving symptoms of irritability in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Inclusion Criteria:
- Must be 13 to 17 years old
- Clinically diagnosed and documented Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Presence of gastrointestinal symptoms
- Therapeutic regimen must be stable for at least 30 days prior to screening visit

Exclusion Criteria:
- Is immunocompromised
- History of inflammatory bowel disease, bowel obstruction, diverticulosis, or colon polyps
- History of significant gastric or intestinal surgery
- Current use of an oral controlled or extended-release medication
- Current use of antipsychotics (e.g., aripiprazole or risperidone)

Contact Bryce Lewis, M.S. 540-494-8285 or

Anita Kablinger, M.D., C.P.I.

Researchers from the Early Childhood, Multilingual and Special Education Department at University of Nevada Las Vegas are seeking parents and other caregivers of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are interested in participating in a research study.

About the study

Parents receive training and coaching (via videoconference) on picture-based communication with their children at home, then they and their child will be recorded implementing the picture-based communication.

Time commitment

Parents will spend a total of 10-12 hours over the course of ten weeks and children will spend an estimated 2.5-3 hours on the study.

Participant criteria

Participating parents must have a child who is between the ages of 3 and 5, has an educational and/or medical diagnosis of ASD and is not using picture exchange communication system (PECS) to make requests in the home environment

  • Parents must have access to WiFi and a device capable of video-conferencing
  • Be able to speak, read, and write in English  

Learn more and sign up for the study online. Please contact Kendra Antill or Jenna Weglarz-Ward with any questions.