Autism Edmonton Research
Investigating computer models of language meaning (CoMLaM) using behavioural and MRI data in individuals with and without autism spectrum disorder
The Fyshe Lab is conducting a research study exploring computer models of language meaning (CoMLaM) using behavioural and MRI data in individuals with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
- Who? Female and male adult participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), either native speakers of English or individuals who have acquired English between the ages of 0-3.
- When and Where? 2 sessions. Online Session via Zoom and MRI Session at the Peter S. Allen MR Research Centre, UofA. We will work around the participant's schedule in booking the sessions.
- Compensation: $40 e-gift card for completing both sessions.
- To participate / for more info, email: email@example.com
- UofA Ethics ID: PRO00085970
Using TAGteach to Increase Creative Play Behaviour in Children with Autism
The aim of this study is to examine the effects of TAGteach on increasing the frequency of creative play behaviour while decreasing the frequency of rigid play behaviour in children with autism.
Target Audience: Children with autism and their parents/guardians who are interested in engaging in more creative play (ages 2-12 years)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the study will take place over encrypted real-time video conferencing. Parents/guardians will be guided through implementing a teaching technique known as “TAGteach” by the researcher. For more information/to get involved, contact Dr. Russ Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Life beyond Trauma - Research Program for Parents of Neurodiverse Children
The aim of this survey is to help us better understand both the challenging and the rewarding experiences of parents (or other primary caregivers) of neurodiverse children living in Canada.
Facts about the survey:
- For all parents and caregivers of neurodiverse children (all ages)
- About parents’ experiences and access to care
- Takes approx. 30 min
- Highly confidential
- Chance to win $100 gift card
Facts about the trauma-focused e-health program:
- Based on the Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)
- 12 one-on-one sessions with a trained coach
- Delivered via video calls
- Free of cost
- Calling All Parents Who Have Children Diagnosed with ASD
The goal of this research is to shift the lens onto the parents who have children with ASD. It is important for me to shine a light on this demographic, as they are so busy advocating for their children that it is time to have someone advocate for them. Hopefully, this research can create programs, resources, or simply build a community where parents of children with ASD are better supported. The process will take 30 to 60 minutes through an interview format over the telephone. Click here to view the poster. To participate, please contact Harleen at email@example.com.
- Bilingualism in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The purpose of this study is to better understand dual and second language learning in children with ASD in order to better support bilingual children and their families.
Who are the participants in this research study?
In this study, we are looking for six types of children between the age of 5 and 16 years. These types of children are:
- Children with ASD from English homes
- Children with ASD from homes where English and another language are spoken
- Children with ASD who attend immersion language education programs
- Children without ASD from English homes
- Children without ASD from homes where English and another language are spoken
- Children without ASD who attend immersion language education programs
By participating in this study, you will have the opportunity to receive information about your child’s speech and language, and cognitive development. Additionally, we hope that information from this study will lead to better support for bilingual children with ASD and their families.
- Looking for Educators Working Within the Canadian School System
Your participation is entirely voluntary and would take up approximately 30-45 minutes of your time. By participating in this study, you will help us to optimize a new module for the Teacher Help program that will focus on providing professional development to teachers on the classroom management of disruptive behaviour.
In appreciation for your time, you will be entered in a draw to receive a $50 Amazon gift card and will be given the opportunity to review the Teacher Help: Classroom Management program.
To learn more about this study, or to participate in this study, please visit http://teacherhelp.ca
Principal Investigator: Matt Orr, PhD Student, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Dalhousie University (Matt.Orr@Dal.ca)
Supervisor: Dr. Penny Corkum, Psychologist & Professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Dalhousie University (Penny.Corkum@dal.ca)
Computer Models of Language Meaning
Researchers from the University of Alberta are looking for adults with autism spectrum disorder who are proficient in reading and speaking English
- Participation takes 2-3 hours (over two sessions)
- Participants will come to the UofA to read/make judgments about stimuli (e.g., words) in a behavioural lab (~2 hour) and while in an MRI (1 hour)
- You will receive $10/hour for completing participation
If you are interested in taking part in this research opportunity, please contact: Dr. Brea Chouinard, PhD, Department of Computing Science, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting Student Neurodiversity in Teacher Practice: A Critical Disability Approach
A graduate student through the University of Alberta Faculty of Education is seeking interviewees for a project exploring experiences of neurodiverse individuals in the education system. By interviewing several people about their experiences as neurodiverse students in the public education system, the project will provide recommendations to teachers about ways to include more neurodiverse strengths and perspectives in their classrooms.
If you are a neurodiverse person between the ages of 18 and 28, and are able to participate in two, one hour, one-on-one interviews, please consider sharing your perspectives for this project! If you are interested, or have any other questions, please contact Jenni at email@example.com.
- Parents Empowering Neurodiverse Kids
- Summer camp study at the University of Alberta
- Social Challenges in Employment Study
Researchers at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) at La Trobe University in Australia would like to know about the social challenges individuals on the autism spectrum have experienced in the workplace.
They are seeking either:
- Adults on the autism spectrum aged 18 and above, who are currently or have been employed
- Supervisors or support staff who support employees on the autism spectrum in the workplace
In an online survey, you will be asked to describe up to 10 examples of:
- times when individuals on the spectrum have misinterpreted or were not aware of the social rules in the workplace, or
- times when the social intentions of employees on the autism spectrum have been misinterpreted by other employees
Completion time for the survey can vary from 5 to 30 minutes depending on the number of examples, and the amount of detail provided in your response.
Participation is completely voluntary and anonymous, and can be discontinued at any time without consequences.
To view an information sheet and access the study please click here.
Health care services and resilience among Canadian children with disabilities
- Appetite Hormones in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Researchers at UofA invite you to take part in this study to better understand the role of appetite hormones in body weight regulation in ASD.
During this study, participants will:
- Have their weight, height, waist circumference, and body composition measured
- Have a blood draw after an 8 hour fast (a snack will be provided after)
- Answer questions about appetite, physical activity, and diet
- Receive an honorarium for taking part in the study
- Challenges and Facilitators During Transition to Adulthood of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Researchers at Dalhousie University are conducting a study to investigate the perception and experiences of youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their parents, and clinicians during transition of adolescents with ASD to adulthood.
This project aims to identify the barriers and facilitators during transition of youth with ASD to adulthood from the perspectives of individuals with ASD, their parents, and health care providers and gain a better understanding of ways to improve transitional periods.
This study is for youth with high functioning ASD, parents of individuals with ASD, and healthcare providers in the field of ASD.
Participation in this project will entail attending an interview in which you will be asked to share your insights on the available services or resources during the transition of youth with high functioning ASD to adulthood. Interviews can take place in person, over skype or the phone based on your personal preference. This study will take about 60 minutes to complete at the preferred location or virtually via Skype or over the phone. You have the option to withdraw from the study at any point.
By participating in this interview, you will be given a gift card (e.g., Amazon, based on your choice), valued at $30.
If you are interested in participating in this study or have any questions, please contact the research team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you in junior high (grades 7 - 9)?
Do you experience disability, or challenges with learning, communicating, or getting around?
We need your help! We are looking for young people who experience disability to help us with a research project.
When adults watch kids and young people, or listen-in to their conversations, they can have a hard time understanding what’s going on. For adults, it sometimes seems like young people live in a unique world and speak a language all of their own. We need your help to learn about the worlds created by young people. For us, as the research-ers, it will be like going on a tour of a far off place. We need you to be our tour guide, to show us the sights, and to help us understand what we are seeing.
What is involved?
If you have any questions, or would like to participate, please contact Shanon Phelan at 780-492-9040 (email email@example.com), or Kassi Boyd at 780-222-8076 (email firstname.lastname@example.org). Click here to view/download poster.
- Early Symptom Development in ASD: Role of Attention Control and Emotional Regulation (Infant Sibling Study)
- Families WITH a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder AND a younger sibling between 5 and 11 months of age.
- Families WITHOUT a history of autism spectrum disorder who have an infant of 5 months of age.