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Oxytocin and Social Thinking Groups for Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, and Services Center at Rush University Medical Center is conducting a unique study of oxytocin and social skills groups. Oxytocin is a hormone that plays an important role in social bonding and connections. In this study, participants will take oxytocin a few times a week when working on social thinking skills. We are examining the effects of this novel combination therapy on social thinking skills, such as emotion recognition and perspective taking. Children will be randomly assigned to either the oxytocin + social thinking group or a facilitated play group.
In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:
- Are between the ages of 8 and 11 years old and have a parent/caregiver.
- Have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
- Speak and understand English.
- Talk in full sentences.
This is a partial list of eligibility requirements.