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  1. Studying Young Adults with ASD at Work

    Hello, I have just joined the forum! A little about me, I am a mum to a 16 year old girl, who has ASD (originally diagnosed with Aspergers). We had the diagnosis about 5 years ago. I'm currently finishing my MSc in Organisational Psychology with the University of London, my research is on Young Adults with ASD in the Workplace, focussing on how to better prepare them for work and how to support them in the workplace. I'd be interested to chat with other parents and professionals supporting individuals with ASD about their experience. I'm happy to discuss further my research, if anyone is interested to have a chat with me. Please contact me on enunes04@mail.bbk.ac.uk. Have a lovely day, Evie
  2. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: -Aged 11-16 years -Children with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis -Mainstream school AIM: To investigate the connection between the friendships of children diagnosed with ASD and their emotional wellbeing within a mainstream school environment. WHY THIS RESEARCH? As persistent impairments in social interaction and communication are central to a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), many children with ASD experience difficulties in developing friendships and relationships with their peer group. This may place them at a higher risk of social isolation and loneliness which may ultimately lead to the development of mental health problems. Therefore, the impact of friendships is of significant concern to the success of a child’s education. Your participation will be crucial to help further this research. WHO TAKES PART? Children aged 12-16 years WITH (and WITHOUT) an ASD diagnosis and their parents. This research project has been approved by the University of Bath Ethics Committee. Information provided will be kept anonymous and confidential. At no point will the children’s full names or identity be disclosed. HOW TO TAKE PART? The children and their parents will be asked to complete 3 questionnaires each to measure friendships and emotional wellbeing. The study will then compare child and parent perspectives. These questionnaires are online should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Child Questionnaire Link https://bathpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9o9cdpZaoGiF4xf Parent Questionnaire Link https://bathpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cOUgmEYAwAsEL89 Emma van Gelder Email: efvg20@bath.ac.uk DO YOU HAVE AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER.docx PARTICIPANTS NEEDED.docx
  3. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: -Aged 11-16 years -Children with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis -Mainstream school AIM: To investigate the connection between the friendships of children diagnosed with ASD and their emotional wellbeing within a mainstream school environment. WHY THIS RESEARCH? As persistent impairments in social interaction and communication are central to a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), many children with ASD experience difficulties in developing friendships and relationships with their peer group. This may place them at a higher risk of social isolation and loneliness which may ultimately lead to the development of mental health problems. Therefore, the impact of friendships is of significant concern to the success of a child’s education. Your participation will be crucial to help further this research. WHO TAKES PART? Children aged 12-16 years WITH (and WITHOUT) an ASD diagnosis and their parents. This research project has been approved by the University of Bath Ethics Committee. Information provided will be kept anonymous and confidential. At no point will the children’s full names or identity be disclosed. HOW TO TAKE PART? The children and their parents will be asked to complete 3 questionnaires each to measure friendships and emotional wellbeing. The study will then compare child and parent perspectives. These questionnaires are online should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Child Questionnaire Link https://bathpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9o9cdpZaoGiF4xf Parent Questionnaire Link https://bathpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cOUgmEYAwAsEL89 Emma van Gelder Email: efvg20@bath.ac.uk PARTICIPANTS NEEDED.docx DO YOU HAVE AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER.docx
  4. Hello everyone, I am currently conducting a dissertation project on; Sex Differences in Loneliness and Friendship Style in Adults with High-Functioning Autism. The aim of my dissertation is to investigate whether males and females with ASD display different friendship styles and experience different levels of loneliness as a result of their biological sex. I am hoping to find individuals who meet the following criteria; Are between 18 to 69 years of age Have a valid diagnosis of ASD Are NOT diagnosed with any other learning/developmental conditions/disabilities If you wish to participate in my study, please follow the link below which will take you to an online questionnaire. The questionnaire will take 10-15 mins to complete and is fully anonymous. https://ulsterhealth.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3CwklGerhu0adYV My dissertation has been approved by the Ulster University Ethics Committee. If you have any queries regarding my study, please feel free to message me here or via my uni email: mccloskey-b6@ulster.ac.uk You can also contact my dissertation supervisor Dr Stephen Gallagher via email: sm.gallagher@ulster.ac.uk
  5. Dear forum users, Researchers at the University of Nottingham are interested in the experiences of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in relation to driving. We would like to invite you to complete our online survey, which asks about these experiences, and is accessible at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/NottinghamDrivingSurvey The survey is for anyone aged 17 or over, regardless of whether you have started learning to drive. More detailed information about the survey is presented at the start of the survey before you decide whether or not to complete it. If you have any questions, please contact: Dr Elizabeth Sheppard School of Psychology, University of Nottingham Email: elizabeth.sheppard@nottingham.ac.uk
  6. Hi!!! The lived experiences of parents and caregivers of children with ASD My name is Marvin Hibbert, I am a student at Liverpool Hope University currently writing my final year dissertation in Psychology. As part of this I am conducting some research regarding the psychological stress in caregivers/families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). I was wondering if permission could be granted to post on the forum page. The purpose of this research is to try and provide useful information for healthcare professional(s) and how best to support individuals who care for someone with ASD on a day to day basis. The questionnaire will only take you approximately 20-25 minutes to be completed. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you don't have to take part. You are free to omit any question youre not comfortable answering. Please find the link to the questionnaire below. https://docs.google....m?usp=send_form Many thanks
  7. My problem is that I am struggling to find willing parents to spend 5 minutes at the most to help me out with my school work, my project is explained in the link and I would really appreciate it if some parents could fill this out! Thanks, Abi https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QQ6NWN8 "I am a student currently studying product design at A level and my project for this year is to make a educational toy designed to target a specific problem that children with autism may come across. I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this project. If you are interested in my project and have any questions or recommendations you can email me at: (details in the link)" This project has been approved by a moderator.
  8. Research help!

    Hello, At the autism service based at The Tuke Centre, York, we are currently undertaking research regarding the effectiveness of Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for individuals on the autistic spectrum. We are hoping to speak to adults over the age of 18 with a diagnosis of autism who have undertaken a programme of Dialectal Behavioural Therapy, and are willing to discuss their experiences with us. If you are interested in taking part and/or would like more information, please reply to this post or contact Dr Victoria Hughes on 01904430370 or email vhughes@thetukecentre.org.uk Thankyou!
  9. Hi there, I’m currently waiting for an ASD diagnosis on the NHS. I’m 28 and living with my parents living off savings as I’m unemployed and neither of my parents work and live off pensions. My whole life has been pretty joyless and unsuccessful so far. In 2011 I was assessed with Weschler Adult Intelligence Scales and found to have: * Verbal Comprehension: 96th centile * Processing Speed: 4th centile, yes, 4th * Perceptual Reasoning: 77th centile In the US the have this term for people like me 2e, which stands for twice exceptional meaning presence of marked strengths as well as disabilities. I’m not sure I really like the term though because I don’t feel like there’s anything all that great about being the way I am: just very frustrating and confusing. I’ve been seeing a psychologist privately for counseling and support who has reasonable working knowledge of learning difficulties and is going more deeply into an autism speciality. She is brilliant and very supportive and is very generous with her time and help. Anyway I believe I have a range of overlapping disabilities of which autism is a part (dyslexia and ADD are also possibilities). What I want to do is do some detailed research into conditions and the treatments available on the market, with a very critical eye, to see if I can make some improvements to my processing speed and also my memory which is very bad. So far I’ve had treatment for dyspraxia with one organization which was about 50% effective and I’ve also been doing brain training from BrainHQ which made some things better and others worse! Clearly there are things out there that do stuff so I am encouraged by that and of the research I’ve done there are loads of different treatments available but it has to be done carefully with all the appropriate information and facts and you can’t really trust the providers of the treatments. The problem I have is that I can‘t really do the research myself because I’m too slow, forgetful, and I get stuck. I have a little bit of money so I’ve put some ads on job sites to try to find someone who would help me with the research. Guess I’m posting here to see if anyone else has tried to do this sort of thing before or if anyone has any ideas where I might be able to find someone to help me with this research or any general thoughts. Anything will be appreciated.
  10. Hi, and thanks for reading. I hope that it is OK to post this here! I am looking for fathers of adults with Asperger's Syndrome or High Functioning Autism, who would be interested in taking part in research around their experiences of parenting. I am interviewing fathers of adults (18+), whose adult children are living with them. If anyone would like further information about participating in this research, please contact me by email on : e.mackey@herts.ac.uk I am based in Hertfordshire, so I'm ideally looking for people within an hours or so drive. This research has ethical approval from the University of Hertfordshire Ethics Committee. The protocol number is LMS/PG/UH/00247. Many thanks, Ellen Mackey Trainee Clinical Psychologist University of Hertfordshire e.mackey@herts.ac.uk
  11. Hi, I am an MSc student at Goldsmiths College: University of London. Myself and another student are currently looking for participants with a diagnosis of ASD or Aspergers, or for individuals who think they may have High functioning Autism or Aspergers but have not yet been diagnosed. Our research is being supervised by Dr. Lorna Goddard. Participants need to be over 18 years of age and be able to travel to Goldsmiths College: University of London SE14 6NW. Research has shown that individuals with ASD/Aspergers have deficits in their mood, aspects of cognitive function and ability to recall memories based on personal experiences. This type of intervention has been found to be successful in improving these abilities. We would meet on 2 occasions 1-2 weeks apart. The first meet will take approximately 2 hour 15 minutes. The second meeting takes approximately 1 hour 30 mins . For more information or if you would like to participate please email me at ps203sm@gold.ac.uk
  12. Here's about a research project, which is (among others) the idea of Sebastian, whom I know well. I personally have taken part, and completed three parts of the Study (A, B, C) so far. They still are looking for more participants for the study in order to complete it - both more autistic and more non-autistic participants. Here are relevant links with more information: Gateway home: http://www.thegatewayproject.org AASPIRE home: http://www.aaspire.org/ ASAN home: http://www.autisticadvocacy.org/ Morton Gernsbacher Lab: http://psych.wisc.edu/lang/intro.html
  13. Help with research

    I am currently a third year student of Human Geography at the University of Strathclyde. I am doing my dissertation over the summer on adults with Aspergers and their experiences and difficulties when navigating the urban environment and public spaces. I have already been in contact with a few adults with Aspergers who have listened to my proposal and are very keen to become involved in my research as they believe it may aid in having some affect on city planning. I have also made contact with urban planners, designers, architects and council officials who are very interested in participating in my research. My hope is to make contact with other adults with Aspergers who may be interested in participating either by interviews, field work, or keeping an individual diary recording the issues they experience whilst in the urban landscape and in public spaces. It may be worth mentioning I have 2 young sons with Aspergers and therefore, I am sensitive to Aspergers on a personal level. I am also in my late thirties which may make some adults more comfortable with speaking to me. I would be most grateful if anyone would be willing to participate in my research. If you wish confirmation of my identity and intentions please feel free to email my dissertation supervisor Dr Allyson Noble. allyson.nobel@strath.ac.uk I look forward to hearing from you. Best Wishes, Shona Davidson
  14. Hi everyone, I'm a researcher at University College London conducting an experiment into the visual attention ability and time perception ability of high functioning adults with ASD and Asperger syndrome. We think that under some circumstances people with autism might be better than other people at concentrating on a task despite distractions from other information. We hope that the results of our study will help us work out why people with autism find some tasks easier and some tasks more difficult than people without autism. To do this, we're looking for participants to come to Bloomsbury near Euston station for some simple behavioural tasks. We can pay for time and travel expenses up to a certain amount. None of this research can be done without people who are willing to participate in our study! I don't expect anyone to turn up to a study based on a forum post alone, so if you're in the London area and would be interested in taking part or know anyone else who is, please PM me and I'll send you some more information and my email address. Thanks!
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