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General development questions

When are appointments scheduled?

At your convenience, and generally between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Weekend appointments are also available. When scheduling, we ask for your assistance in choosing a time when you think your child will be most alert (e.g., after nap-time).

Where are the Child Development Laboratories?

As of August 2014, all labs have moved to the Gilmer Hall location, on UVa grounds, near the stadium. See this map and directions.

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Can I bring along my other children?

Absolutely! If you bring along other children, another trained research assistant will be happy to look after them during your visit. We ask only that you let us know beforehand, if possible, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Can I be with my child at all points during the visit?

Yes. You can be with your child at all times; no separation of any kind is involved.

How many times will I be asked to bring my child?

Most studies involve a one-time visit, lasting about 30 - 60 minutes. However, many families participate in numerous studies, whenever their schedules allow. If you are interested, you may be contacted more than once.

Will my child's data be kept confidential?

Your child's data will be kept completely confidential. Your child's name will never be used in any report of this research. We videotape many of our studies to allow us to keep track of which responses your child makes and also to write down any comments made during the study. This videotape is kept completely confidential; your child’s name will never be associated with it. Furthermore, unless we have your explicit permission, this videotape will be viewed only by the researchers. Any photographs on this or the individual labs' websites are used with parents’ permission.

Where can I find more details about your studies?

The About our Research section has more detailed information about each of the labs, with links to their individual websites. In addition, each lab publishes an occasional newsletter to keep families informed of our progress. You can find these, as well as reports of our research that have appeared in the media, in the In the News section. And of course, feel free to contact us directly!

Who makes sure that the studies are ethically appropriate?

All studies taking place in the Child Development Laboratories have been through a rigorous review process by the University of Virginia's Institutional Review Board, which consists of a panel of University and community members. This panel carefully evaluates proposed studies involving human participants before they begin (and at least once per year after initial approval) to ensure that the research is ethical, and handles any comments or complaints about the research.

I have already been called and/or participated. Do I need to register again?

If you have participated in the Child Language & Learning Lab, the Early Development Lab, the Early Childhood Lab, or the Child Study Center, you are likely already entered into our database. If you want to confirm this, please give us a call, send an email, or you may submit the registration form again.

We have changed addresses or phone numbers.

Please give us a call, or send us an email to help us keep our records up-to-date.

I registered my child several months ago, but have not yet been called. Why?

We recruit from ages 0 to 12 years so that we have a pool of interested families from which to draw. However, most of our studies involve particular age ranges—for example, 23- to 25-month-olds, or 3-year-olds. Your child may not fit into one of the age ranges that we are using at the moment. If you ever would like information about what ages are currently being used, feel free to call or email.

I have friends with young children who may be interested. Can I refer them to you?

Absolutely! We very much appreciate all referrals. Please send them to our web site, or give them our contact information.

I have a concern about my child’s development. Can you help?

The labs that make up the Child Development Laboratories conduct basic research in child development, and we do not offer individual evaluations. If you have a particular concern about your child's development, please contact your pediatrician.

Where can I find general information about child development?

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families http://www.zerotothree.org/

U.S. Department of Education, site for parents http://www.ed.gov/parents/

These links are provided for informational purposes only, and are not affiliated with the Child Development Laboratories or the University of Virginia.

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