Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly about any questions or concerns regarding our study.  Our project coordinator, Jordan Bodway, can be contacted at:

ui-kic@illinois.edu   or   217-244-2945

In appreciation of your time, your family will receive a $100 gift card for completion of the study and your child will receive a small gift. Additionally, parents and children tend to enjoy participating in research of this kind. It gives parents an opportunity to play with their child and learn more about their child’s development.

The initial mother-child visit to our laboratory takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes.  Following your visit, the LittleBeats device will be sent home with you over a period of 7 days.  We ask that over that time period, families utilize the LittleBeats device for 15 hours.

All information from your participation will be kept strictly confidential. Data are stored securely in a locked cabinets and password protected files and are made available only to the project staff. All your information will be marked by identification numbers only, and in this way, research staff will not know which data belong to which person or family.

Of course! We aim to learn about children’s development in their natural environments, including the interactions they have with parents and siblings. We encourage you to speak with your family members about the study before signing up for participation.  Any adults in the home will be asked to sign a consent form before beginning recording.

Your family’s privacy is our number one priority. Our research staff has been trained to immediately stop listening to audio files in which they believe private information is being conveyed. We will provide detailed instructions on how to pause or stop the LittleBeats recording at any time.  Additionally, you will be provided instructions on how to delete portions of the recording.


The LittleBeats Device will be attached to your child by placing three gel stickers on the skin near the neck and lower ribs. LittleBeats is very safe, does not interfere with movement, and does not require any invasive procedures beyond the gel stickers being stuck to the skin. They also peel off easily!

For this study we will not be looking at individual results; rather, we will be evaluating at a group level. If you are interested in staying up-to-date with our publications, please send us a message to ui-kic@illinois.edu to be added to our mailing list.