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How to Participate

Below we highlight frequently asked questions for those interested in BEAM efforts. Please contact us if you would like to learn more.

What are the goals of your research?

Join our research studies to help us learn more about development and difficulties in academic skills including reading, math, and attention. Our goal is to identify best practices for struggling students and optimizing learning experiences for all children.

Who is eligible to participate?

We are currently recruiting participants ages 5-17 who meet any of the following criteria: 

  • Typically developing (no history of learning disability)
  • Struggling with reading (and/or diagnosis of dyslexia)
  • Struggling with math (and/or diagnosis of dyscalculia)
  • Struggling with attention (and/or diagnosis of ADHD)

As a parent/caretaker, what is the first step for getting a child involved?

Please fill out our confidential Screening Survey to find out if your child is eligible to participate.

As a teacher/principal/school staff member/community member, what is the first step for getting involved?

Please contact us at BEAMstudies@gmail.com to discuss opportunities to support our research. You are invited to share our recruitment flyer in your community. Additionally, we look forward to partnering with local area schools to provide free professional development sessions for parents and teachers. We are happy to discuss further ways we can support and partner with parents, educators, and clinicians.

What does participation entail?

Once you complete our confidential Screening Survey, we will respond promptly letting you know if your child meets our eligibility criteria for current studies. Each of our studies involve behavioral assessment (about 2 hours), where a child will work one-on-one with a researcher to complete tasks that can involve thinking, reading, language, math, and attention. Some studies involve brain imaging using a noninvasive, safe imaging technique called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Studies will either take place at the BEAM Lab in Charlestown, MA, or at the Gabrieli Lab at MIT in Cambridge, MA. Watch a video about participating in brain imaging.

Can I bring other family members (siblings) with me to a study session?

We are glad to have family members of any age join the participating student. We have comfortable waiting rooms and free WiFi available, and we are located near landmarks families often enjoy visiting.

What happens at the end of a research study session?

All participation in our research opportunities is voluntary. We often offer reimbursement for your time in the form of gift cards, and can share results and brain pictures from the behavioral and imaging sessions. We welcome referrals to friends and community members, and are happy to share research findings with families interested in learning more.