Steve, one of our telco engineers, has been keeping us up to date with news about his youngest son Jack, who’s been involved in an autism research project.
Steve’s oldest son John has autism and ADHD, which gives little brother Jack a higher chance of having one or both of them too. So Jack has been enrolled in the STAARS Project (Studying Autism and ADHD Risks) based in the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development’s Babylab at Birkbeck, University of London.
The project’s aim is to help gather data to hopefully assist in the early diagnosis of autism and ADHD. It means that if Jack does end up being diagnosed in the future, the doctors may be able to capture signs of it in his data to help with future diagnosis of other children.
As part of the project, Jack gets to wear some exciting superhero headwear – check out his EEG hat that measures neural activity!
Jack has been involved with this study since he was 6 months old, and has one more visit next year at the age of three, which is when the study ends. As well as monitoring brain activity, the study involves eye tracking, play study and problem solving.
Jack's results are not showing any indications of autism or ADHD, which is helpful to the research as all data collected provides a base line to compare with any participants who are showing signs of a diagnosis.
Charity Golf Day
Following his latest update on how Jack’s getting on with the programme, Steve let us know about an opportunity to help Autism Support Crawley, which is a support group for parents of children with autism, which he is also involved in.
The group organised a Golf Day fundraiser on Saturday 28th September, so we arranged to sponsor a hole at the event.
The event was a huge success and £5,620 was raised for the charity, enabling them to continue offering support to local families like Steve’s.