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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:

Responding to the needs of youth with ASD in the Emergency Department: Stakeholder consultation and outcome measure development

Recruiting parents of children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder who have visited the IWK Emergency Department during an emotional or behavioural crisis in the last two years. To learn more about participating, please call the Autism Research Centre at 902-470-7275 or e-mail us at arc@iwk.nshealth.ca.

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 stacey.macwilliam@iwk.nshealth.ca

Language development in children with ASD: The roles of play and cognition (Erin Dempsey - doctoral student)

Recruiting 3- to 6-year-old children with a diagnosis of ASD and 2- to 6-year-olds who are typically developing. To learn more about participating, please call the Autism Research Centre at 902-470-7275 or e-mail us at arc@iwk.nshealth.ca.

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