Saturday, March 2, 2013

Study Seeking Participants: Transition Planning (Parent and Adult Perspectives)

Here is another notice for a research study looking for participants. 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.

Transition Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Parent and Adult Perspectives


My name is Megan Tobin and I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Penn State.  My colleagues and I are beginning a new interview study and are looking for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and parents of adults with ASD who have recently participated in planning for the transition from high school to life-after-high school.  The purpose of this research study is to explore different perspectives in order to understand more about the positive and negative aspects of the transition planning process. We are also interested in recommendations participants might have for improving this process. 


Who will participate in the interviews?


  • Adults with ASD who:

§  Can communicate verbally in English

§  Can independently participate in an interview lasting 30-45 minutes

§  Live at home with their families or independently in the community

§  Do not participate in sheltered workshops

§  Completed high school in the United States within the last 5 years

  • Parents of adults with ASD who fit the above description who are also able to communicate fluently in English.


How will participants be involved in the study?


Participation in this study will require approximately one (1) hour of time. This interview can be done in person, over the telephone, or using video chat technology (e.g. Skype). The interview will be conducted by a researcher who has experience with individuals with ASD and with using interviews for research purposes.


If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this study:

Please contact:


Megan Tobin, M.S., CCC-SLP

308 Ford Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA 16802.


Phone: (814) 867-1583


*This Project has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects at The Pennsylvania State University. All procedures will be explained fully, and informed consent will be received from all participants before any research activities begin.

Thank you!

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