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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Driving Study

This study has been completed.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Joseph Biederman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: November 29, 2010
Last updated: December 6, 2011
Last verified: December 2011
The proposed pilot study will begin to assess whether driving impairments are included in the functional deficits associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This will be completed by obtaining data on velocity, collision risk, and visual attention of subjects with ASDs who drive in a simulator. The study includes 2-3 visits for the screening period (approximately 6 hours of assessments) and one driving simulation visit (approximately 2.5 hours). The investigators expect to enroll 20 adolescents and adults (ages 16-50, inclusive) who have been identified as having an ASD from a prior diagnosis or participation in community conferences for individuals with ASDs.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: A Study of the Driving Performance of Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Simulated driving performance of adolescents and adults with ASDs. [ Time Frame: one-time observation (3 hour assessment) ]
    Data will be obtained on velocity, collision risk, and visual attention of subjects with ASDs who drive in the driving simulator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Questionnaire measures of driving history and behavior of adolescents and adults with ASDs. [ Time Frame: one-time assessment (2-6 hour screening visit) ]
    Subjects with ASD will complete two questionnaires, the Driver Behavior Questionnaire and the Driving History Questionnaire, to provide data on the frequency of violations, errors, accidents, and other aspects of driving history and behavior.

Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: March 2010
Study Completion Date: March 2011
Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
ASD group
Adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 50 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adolescents and adults, ages 16-50, with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female patients, aged 16-50 years
  • Identification as having ASD from a prior diagnosis or participation in community conferences for individuals with ASD

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Major sensorimotor handicaps (e.g. deafness, blindness)
  • Inadequate command of the English language
  • Individuals who have never held a valid driver's license
  • Mental retardation (IQ < 80)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01263756

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 02138
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Joseph Biederman, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Joseph Biederman, MD, Chief of the Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT01263756     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010-P-000173
Study First Received: November 29, 2010
Last Updated: December 6, 2011

Keywords provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Attention Deficits
Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Pathologic Processes
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 23, 2017