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Studying Autism and ADHD Risks (STAARS)

STAARS is part of the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS), a UK-wide network of researchers. Our aim is to learn more about the early development of baby brothers and sisters of children with autism and/or ADHD. We hope our studies will in the long-term help to improve diagnosis of children with autism and ADHD and make it possible to design earlier and more effective interventions.

Infant participants visit our Babylab in London to complete short screen-based tasks such as watching faces or colourful animations and take part in interactive play sessions. If you are pregnant, or have a baby between 0 - 10 months AND have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and/or ADHD, please contact us for more information.


We are looking for:

Infants aged less than 10 months of age with an older brother or sister with autism and/or ADHD.


  • London
  • South East
  • South West
  • East of England
  • West Midlands
  • Cymru Wales
  • Yorkshire & the Humber
  • North West
  • North East & Cumbria
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland


Travel costs to London (WC1) are reimbursed and special arrangements are made for families who live further away. Infants are given a certificate and t-shirt after each visit.

Contact information:

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