Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Adults with Autism: Share Your Opinions of Autism Interventions for a Research Study

I found out about the following upcoming research project and I thought it sounds very interesting. Learning about autism from those people who have autism is a great tool. As with participating in any study, please make sure to fully investigate the study, ask questions, and make sure it is right for you before you participate. Please note that this study is not affiliated with Positively Autism.


Are you a young, autistic adult aged 18-25?  Are you willing to share your opinions and experiences regarding autism therapies?  You can be interviewed in-person, over the telephone, or even through internet-based communication like emailing or online chatting – your choice!   

I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, and I am looking for volunteers to participate in my confidential dissertation research study eliciting the opinions of young, autistic adults about the desirable and undesirable qualities of autism therapies and therapists. 

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals to share their stories and ideas and contribute to a scientific literature regarding autism interventions!

In order to be eligible, you:

1.      Must be between 18 and 25 years of age.

2.      Must have received intervention or therapy as a child due to having an autism spectrum disorder, such as from a psychotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, special educator, or other person from a “helping profession.” 

3.      Must have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (including Asperger syndrome) by a licensed mental health professional or medical doctor. 

4.      Must be able to communicate independently in oral form, written form, or through augmentative communication.  

5.      If you have a conservator, there must be written consent from both the conservator and the participant in order to allow for potential participation in the study.

If you want to participate, you will be asked to:

Review and sign a consent form, complete a brief demographic questionnaire, and take part in an individual interview (60  120 minutes).

Please understand that you will not be compensated and that extensive measures will be taken to protect your confidentiality to the full extent of the law.

If you are interested in participating, or if you know of individuals who may want to participate, please contact me at aklein@wi.edu.

Thanks so much, 

Alex Klein, M.A.

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