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Georgia Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)

Older brother holding sister in the airSEED is a multi-year, multi-site study in six diverse communities across the country. The study looks at possible risk factors for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. We are so grateful to the hundreds of families who have participated in the Georgia SEED site and the community and advocacy organizations that have partnered with SEED to make this important research possible.

CDC is taking part as the Georgia SEED site and is enrolling children with ASDs, children with other developmental disabilities, and children with typical development.

You may be asked to take part if:

  • Your child was born between September 2008 and August 2011.
  • Your child was born, and currently living in, Metropolitan Atlanta (Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties).

If you take part in SEED you will receive:

  • A free developmental evaluation for your child.
  • A summary of your child’s evaluation results.
  • Gift cards to thank you for your family’s participation in the study.
  • Expert information on child development in study newsletters.

Information for Families

Click on the following links to learn more about the study, what to expect, and how to prepare if your family is participating in the SEED study:

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