University of Wisconsin–Madison

For Parents

We are currently seeking families to participate in our IRB approved study who have children with or without behavior and/or attention problems who:

  • Are entering or have just completed kindergarten
  • Are fluent in English
  • Live with at least one biological parent
  • Have not been previously diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or an intellectual disability

What does participation involve?

Eligible families will visit our lab at the Waisman Center at UW-Madison to engage in the following activities:


  • Clinical interview about your child’s behavior and emotional functioning
  • Questionnaires and rating scales about your child’s behavior at home and school


  • IQ and cognitive tests
  • Interactive activities on the computer

Parent and Child:

  • Videotaped parent-child play activity
  • Saliva samples for DNA analysis

What are the benefits?

You will receive:

  • No direct benefits (i.e., we provide no clinical diagnosis or treatment)
  • A written summary of your child’s cognitive and behavioral functioning
  • $40 for your full participation
  • A toy prize for your child

If you are interested in learning more about our research or have any other questions, please contact us at or call us at 608-263-5854 with your name, number, and the best time for us to reach you.

SBDL Study Flyer

SBDL Study Brochure