Research Participation Opportunities

This page lists current research participation opportunities that may be of interest to individuals or families. Participating in research can be rewarding in several ways, such as knowing the study you participate in will help other individuals or families with autism in the future. (If you're a researcher wishing to promote research participation opportunities with Autism Ontario, please visit our Guidelines for Researchers page to learn more.)

Please see the research participation opportunities below. 

Establishing collaborations to support inclusive participatory action research (IPAR) with youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Inclusive and cooperative research is important in developing interventions and services that are meaningful to the autism community. This project aims to develop a youth advisory group made of up individuals on the autism spectrum who are interested in shaping research, and service delivery in Southwestern Ontario.

  • Are you between the ages of 15-24 years?
  • Do you have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder?
  • Do you want to help shape autism research?

Please email Dr. Jessie Wilson at jhow3@uwo.ca or call (519) 661-2111 x88979 for more details, and to request a project information booklet.

This study has been approved by Research Ethics Western University Project ID: 114498

Exploring Online Gaming as a Communication Platform

This study will explore the influence of online gaming in strengthening communication skills for adults on the Autism Spectrum (ASD).  This study will have people with ASD express and contribute their ideas of what they would like to see in an online game and how they believe an online game can become a fundamental communication learning tool for people on the Autism spectrum. 

If you are over 19 with Autism and enjoy playing online games, I would be interested to hear from you.  Specifically, participation involves playing a commercial multiplayer online game and then completing an interview which should take only 15-30 minutes.  Time to play the online game will depend on how much time the participant chooses to play the online game.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Gaylyne Archibald at gfarchibald@shaw.ca or (604) 556-1708.

This research has been approved by Athabasca University Research Ethics Board (#23267).

Inclusive Education Experiences of Speaking and Non-speaking Autistic Students

Are you an autistic student between the ages of 15 and 21 who has attended at least one year of high school in Canada? If so, we invite you to share your experiences by completing our short online survey found here: https://survey.ucalgary.ca/jfe/form/SV_ex4afkiLxnWhYRn        

Participants will be asked to answer 24 survey questions and 1-open ended question. Following completion of the survey, participants will be invited to voluntarily provide their email address, should they be interested in participating in a semi-structured email interview, which will be based on their survey responses. Participants who completed the survey can also voluntarily provide their email to enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Please contact Chandra.lebenhagen@ucalgary.ca for more information.

The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this study (REB19-0185)

Sensory Processing in Development and in Autism

Participants needed! University of Western Ontario- Calling all Junior Scientists!

We're conducting a study of how kids on and off the Autism spectrum see and hear the world, and we need your help!

(A) Who are we looking for? Individuals without Autism, ages 6-17, Individuals with Autism of any age.

(B) What's involved: Kids will complete a few games on a computer, and will also do some word games and puzzles, which will take about two hours. If they have an Autism diagnosis, they'll also get to have a structured play time for about an hour. Parents will fill out some questionnaires about their kids, which will take about 45 minutes.

(C) Will we be compensated? Yes. You will receive $10 per hour for participating, and all kids will get a Junior Scientist certificate to take home. Scheduling is flexible.

Please visit sensorylab.ca, email kids.research.ontario@gmail.com, or call 519-661-2111 x 80493 for more information.

Intervention for Early Developmental Concerns in Infants At-Risk for ASD

Do you have an infant (18 months of age or younger) and an older child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (or a close biological family member with ASD)? Or is your infant (under 18 months) having developmental concerns?  If so, we invite you to participate in our innovative parent training study which has the potential to impact your infant’s development and improve concerning behaviours.

In this study, the principal student investigator, Alicia Azzano, along with her co-supervisors, Dr. Rebecca Ward and Dr. Maurice Feldman, both Registered Psychologists and Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (who have over 40 years of experience in working with children with Autism), will work with you in person or online in a telehealth format in teaching your child developmental skills. Previous parents who have participated in this early intervention have found the evidence-based teaching strategies to be beneficial for improving their infant’s developmental skills.

For more information we invite you to contact the Principal Student Investigator, Alicia Azzano, at am11jo@brocku.ca or 905-688-5550 ext. 5121, or Principal Investigators, Dr. Maurice Feldman at mfeldman@brocku.ca or Dr. Rebecca Ward at drrebeccaward14@gmail.com.

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Research Ethics Board at Brock University (18-050 - FELDMAN).

If your family does not fit this study or you are not interested in participating, we would greatly appreciate you sharing this information sheet with other parents you know who may be interested.

From Brock University

Examining Language Function in Children with Autism

In this study, we would like to find out more about how the brain works when children with and without autism listen to sounds, words, and sentences. We know that some children with autism may or may not have difficulties with some of these language tasks. We would like to understand what happens in the brain so that we can eventually find ways to help children with autism that have language difficulties.

In the first task, your child will be doing some short talking and thinking activities. They may be asked to read words, answer questions, or point to pictures of words. This part of the study will take about 45 minutes.

In the second task, we will be recording your child's brain activity using EEG, which is a way of measuring how parts of your brain areas “talk” to each other. EEG is completely safe and non-invasive. Your child will be wearing a stretchy cap like a swimming cap that has sensors in it while they watch
movie clips and listen to words and sentences. We will put a bit of gel on each sensor, and this gel washes out easily with water and shampoo. This part of the study will take about 1 hour.

We are looking for children ages 4 to 7 diagnosed with autism and who do, or do not, have language difficulties. We will cover your transportation costs and provide lunch. Compensation is a $25 gift card to Amazon or Indigo and a prize will be provided for your child.

If interested, please contact Garbo Lam at garbo.lam@sickkids.ca or at 416-813-7654 (x309131).
Recruitment end date: November 20th, 2019

From the research division at the Hospital for Sick Children. 

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Medication Research Study

Doctors at Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre are studying a new medication (arbaclofen) for the treatment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Participation will require approximately 9 visits to Children’s Hospital over a 4 month period.  Most visits will take less than two hours. Questionnaires about symptoms and side effects will be completed at each visit. Including the screening visit, blood samples will be required at 3 of the appointments to monitor safety. Some visits will require an EEG and sensory discrimination task.

Study medication will be provided at no cost, and expenses related to participation (such as parking) will be paid for by the research team. Participants will also receive a gift card at each visit as a token of appreciation for their time and effort.

If you (or your child) are between the ages of 5 and 17, have Autism Spectrum Disorder, and are interested in participating in this study, please contact Ahsan Ahmad at (519) 685-8500 Ext 74906 or autism@uwo.ca for further information.

From the Children's Hospital - London Health Sciences Centre, & the Lawson Health Research Institute

Summer Camp Research Project

Are you a teenager (ages 15-17) on the Autism Spectrum who has attended an integrated overnight summer camp program in the last 2 years? If so, we invite you to participate in our new summer camp research project which provides the opportunity for your voice and perspective to be heard on your experience of being integrated with your neurotypical peers. In this study, the principal student investigator, Christopher Falcioni will spend time getting to know you in an initial meet and greet session, followed by an interview session where you get to share stories and your experience in an integrated overnight camp program. This research aims to provide a space for campers to share their experience of integration.

For more information, I invite you to follow this link: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A84888de9-e0d2-44dd-a103-0ba5bac816ee

For any other inquiries, we invite you to contact the Principal Student Investigator, Christopher Falcioni, at cf14tq@brocku.ca or 1-888-688-9273 ext 204, or the Principal Investigator, Dr. Tim O’Connell at toconnell@brocku.ca.

If you do not fit this study, or you’re not interested in participating, but know someone who might be, we would greatly appreciate you sharing this information with other people in your network who you think may be interested.

From the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University