Current Projects

*Opportunity in South Bend and Goshen, Indiana*

Communication and Family Relations Project - The Communication and Family Relations Project is currently recruiting participants for a new program that focuses on the unique strengths and challenges faced by families that include a child with an intellectual or developmental disability.  We are looking for couples who are married or cohabitating, with a typically developing adolescent between the ages of 11 – 17 and a child  with any type of intellectual or developmental disability (including ASD) who resides in the home.  Families will be asked to visit the Shaw Center for Children and Families or Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church between 5 and 7 times over the course of a year to complete questionnaires, have discussions as a family, and receive research-based information about family communication and relationships. Visits will last between 1 and 2.5 hours each, and families can receive as much as $295 for their participation in the project. For more information, please call us at 574-631-5729 or email us at

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Computer Game Design Camp - Recruitment for this study is closed at the current moment, but opportunities for future studies will be posted as they become available.  We are running two weeks of Summer Computer Game Creation Camp here at the Shaw Center for Children and Families.  This year we are teaching participants between the ages of 12-17 years old to design video games using a professional video game developer tool called GameMaker.  Participants learn about the history of video games, practice designing their own video game, and present their final project at the end of the week.  This camp is a research study aiming to evaluate the effectiveness of this type of program at reducing social anxiety while developing social and vocational skills.  


***If you do not qualify for any of these studies, but are still interested in participating in future research, feel free to contact us at We will put you in our database and contact you with future studies that might interest you.