Study Participation

Lend us your time

Research isn’t possible without generous contributions of time and effort from families who want to help us better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and how to improve quality of life for individuals with ASD and their families.

Several IWK services for children and youth with ASD have been developed or implemented as a result of work led by the Autism Research Centre; for example, the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention program and the "Facing Your Fears" anxiety treatment program.

For some research studies, families can participate by agreeing to share information gathered as part of their clinical care at the IWK Health Centre. Other studies rely on families who volunteer to visit our lab at the IWK, or to allow us to visit them/their children in their homes or preschools. In some of these studies, our research staff members or students play games with children that measure language, problem solving or other skills. Parents are often asked as part of our studies to complete written questionnaires or answer questions during an interview. Depending on the study, these might be questions about their children, or experiences with or opinions about health services.

Currently recruiting

The following ARC studies are currently recruiting participants:

Attention control and emotional regulation in infant siblings

Recruiting 6- to 12-month-old siblings of children with a diagnosis of ASD, and 6- to12-month-old siblings of children with no family history of ASD. To learn more about participating, please call Stacey at 902-470-7275 or email at

Reading Comprehension in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): The Relationship between Language and Literacy Development

Recruiting 8-12 year old children with ASD to take part in a study about reading comprehension. To learn more about participating, please call Tamara at 902-470-7275 or email at

Right versus wrong—what makes the difference?

Researchers at the IWK Autism Research Centre are interested in understanding how autistic people think about moral issues. Participants will be asked to complete two questionnaires and a three-part interview about morality. To learn more or get involved, please contact Erin Dempsey, 

For more information on these studies and all ARC research projects, please visit our Research section

Taking part in a research study and have some questions?

Information and answers to frequently asked questions from the Research Ethics Panel of the Government of Canada