The Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)

SEED is a study of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. It is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is one of the largest studies of autism spectrum disorder to date.

  • We are currently recruiting families who have a child between 2 and 5 years of age. Children must have diagnosed or possible autism spectrum disorder.
  • Children must have been born in 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017.
  • Eligible Wisconsin counties of birth and current residence are: Adams, Dane, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Eau Claire, Green, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Marathon, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Portage, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Walworth, Waukesha, and Wood.
  • The study involves phone interviews, completion of forms, and sometimes a clinic visit. Those completing all parts of the study including the clinic visit will receive $300 total and a full autism evaluation for their child at no cost. Families will also receive a detailed feedback letter about their child’s evaluation.
  • For more information, please contact the SEED study at 1-888-814-5394. You can also submit an Interest Form on our website Use the source code WEB when prompted.

PI: Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPH
Keywords: Autism

If your child is 5-7 years old and is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, you may also be eligible to participate in a related research training. Call 608 263-0271 for more details.