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Spatial Development Research - Montclair State Uni...

 In this research, we are studying how spatial abilities develop in typically developing children and people with intellectual disabilities. Our ultimate goal is to inform the design of a child-friendly environment and to develop programs to improve people’s spatial abilities. We are asking that you send out letters for us to parents of students who may be eligible for our study. We do not want you to identify potential participants, we wait until they identify themselves.


This project requires participants to complete several tasks of learning. All tests are designed age-appropriately and are administered individually. This project also requires the parents to complete several questionnaires about daily behaviors of their children. Online sessions will take about 2 -3 hours, spaced over 2 to 4 sessions that will be conducted via Zoom, and will be recorded and used only for experiment purposes. If permitted by the university and state health guidelines, in-person sessions will take about 2-3 hours, with many breaks included. The child and his/her parents will receive a $50 gift card for their time and effort. Parents are asked to choose whether they want us to test at their home, or at Montclair State University [and at your facility (for service provider)]. 


At this time, we are looking for

1). adolescents and adults with Down Syndrome (12-25 years old) 

2).adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities other than Down Syndrome (12-25 years old)


Kaitlynn Bohr

Research Assistant 

Spatial Development Lab

Montclair State University

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