Information for Parents

What can I expect during our visit?

When you arrive at the lab, you will shown into our comfortable waiting room. After filling out some paperwork, one of our trained research assistants will accompany your child to one of our study rooms. You are welcome to accompany your child if you wish or you may remain in the waiting room. The research assistant will end the study at any point if your child does not wish to continue. All sessions are video taped, but we take great care to ensure the confidentiality of your child's video and information. At the end of the session, you may ask questions about the study. Your child will be given a small gift to thank them for their participation.

When are appointments scheduled?

We typically schedule appointments between 9:00 and 6:00 Monday through Friday. Weekend appointments may be possible, subject to availability.

How long will our visit last?

Most visits last between 20 minutes and 1 hour. The exact length of your visit will depend on the study and how many of your children are participating.

Do we have to come in more than once?

No, most of our studies involve only one visit.

Can I stay with my child the whole time?

For many of our studies, it is perfectly fine for parents to be in the room with the children the entire time. However, sometimes we find that a parent's presence can be a distraction or will influence a child's performance. In these cases, you may stay just outside the room and observe your child through a window.

Can I bring my other children with me?

Absolutely! We work with a wide age range of children, so it is possible that your other children will also be able to participate in a study while they are here. If not, they can play in our waiting room while their sibling(s) complete their studies. One of our research assistants can stay with them if you prefer to accompany your other child into the study room.

Will I find out the results of the study?

At the end of your visit, the researcher can explain to you the purpose and hypotheses of the study. We also send newsletters to parents annually with information about the results of studies that have been completed. Because our research looks at group-level data, we will not be able to provide you with information about your individual child's performance.

Where is the Early Development Lab located?

We are located in Gilmer Hall on UVa grounds, near the stadium. We have designated parking for families visiting the lab.

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