Research Studies

AANE maintains this listing of current research for the community's information and possible participation. Researchers are invited to submit their studies.
Research studies will be removed from this page approximately two years after being posted, unless a different timeframe is specified. Researchers are strongly advised to contact us with new information about their studies periodically. To submit a new study or to make updates to a previously submitted study, use the link below.

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The Intersection of Disability, Self-Concept, and Childhood

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I am currently looking for children to participate in a research project looking at the childhood experiences of being identified with an invisible disability. Participating children should have an invisible disability (defined as a disability that one cannot see on the surface, allowing the child to pass as typically developing) and be between... more

Brain Basis of Social and Semantic Language in Adults with Autism

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Researchers at Rutgers University in Newark are investigating how the brain processes social and semantic language in college attending adults with autism. We are currently recruiting Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) participants who are between ages 18-30, right-handed, native English speakers. The study consists of 3 sessions. The first session... more

The Implications of Grandparent Caregivers Raising Grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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There are a growing number of grandparents raising their grandchildren in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2015), approximately 2.7 million Americans are grandparent caregivers, and approximately 7 million children are being raised by their grandparent. Children being raised by their grandparents have significant challenges;... more

Impact of Siblings as the Intervention Agent on Play Behavior of Children with ASD

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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often do not engage in appropriate play without being explicitly taught to do so (Kossyvaki & Papoudi, 2016). Although there is research demonstrating that parents, teachers, and peers can effectively implement interventions to improve play skills and other social skills in children with ASD, there is... more

INVISIBLE SOCIAL IDENTITY IN THE WORKPLACE: NARRATIVE RESEARCH EXPLORING HOW EXPERIENCES OF YOUNG ADULTS WITH HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM, INFLUENCE THEIR…

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The goal of this research is to explore the stories of young adults, who identify on the autism spectrum, as they work though their decision to disclose their identity in the workplace. Participants will be asked to participate in one interview session, consisting of a dozen questions, conducted by the student researcher. Session will last for... more

Sleep and Memory in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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We are studying sleep and memory in healthy volunteers and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This study involves three sessions of taking naps after lunch while we record brain activity using non-invasive EEG and magnetoencephalography (MEG), in addition to a finger-tapping task and a separate session for an MRI. We are looking for... more

Assessing traits and experiences in adults with autism

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This online study is being conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in order to learn more about some of the experiences related to sex that adults with autism may have, and characteristics that may be related to these experiences. The survey includes questions about your demographic information; some traits you... more

“A Correlational Study of Parenting children with ASD in the Black community.”

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My research examines the needs of the direct support system of children on the Autism Spectrum. The current study focuses on understanding the impact of spiritual well-being and support systems (family and community services) has on the level of stress of African American or Black parents or guardians of children with ASD. I will be recruiting... more

Autism study at the University of Maryland in College Park

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We are recruiting children between the ages of 7 to 12 who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Our study explores the development of children who have autism, particularly during social interaction. Participating in these studies may help advance autism research, treatment, and intervention. Kids that... more

Autism Study at MGH

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We are researching newly developed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnostic techniques. The goal of our research is to test the validity of two ASD diagnostic techniques: a behavioral test and an eye-tracking assessment. These techniques could be used at a very young age, so that early intervention is possible for the best development of the... more

FRIENDS Study

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We are looking for children ages 8-11 in the greater Boston area to tell us about their friendships! The FRIENDS study is a doctoral dissertation study that aims to learn more about what children want and expect from their friendships. We are interested to include children with autism spectrum disorder as well as children without autism, as we aim... more

Understanding Parent Participation in the Postsecondary Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Looking for Parents of Postsecondary Students with Autism to Participate in a Paid Research Study As a parent and student, I am reaching out to you as a fellow parent to help me with a research study I am working on at the University of Illinois at Chicago in order to complete my PhD in Special Education. I am trying to learn how parents of... more

The Recreation Study: Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Recreation Study: Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum We are interested in learning more about the recreational activities of young adults on the autism spectrum. THE STUDY MAY BE A GOOD FIT IF YOU ARE: Between 18 & 23 years of age On the autism spectrum Able to take pictures without any help Able to talk about... more

The Impact of Touch on Social Skills

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The study consists of a 15-20 minute survey that looks at responses to touch and social skills. The study is open to anyone over the age of 18. The aim of the study is to look at how touch processing effects the daily lives of people with autism. The study has ethical approval from Newcastle University. Their are no anticipated risks to... more

The Experience of Stigma, Stress, and Social Support amongst Fathers of Children on the Autism Spectrum

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Are you a father of a child or teenager (ages 5-18) with autism? Have you ever felt that people don’t understand what your life is like and how you feel? Have you ever been rejected, judged, or embarrassed by friends, family, or even complete strangers because you are the father of an amazing and wonderful child with autism?... more

Mindfulness, Occupation, and Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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This study will explore how a mindfulness-based program can influence occupational performance and satisfaction for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This research will use mindfulness-based intervention to potentially assist participants to better cope with stress in their lives. This can potentially have a positive impact... more

The effect of Touch Processing on Social Skills

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The study looks at common tactile issues and how they impact on social skills. Touch sensory differences are common but can become more severe in certain people and have an impact on everyday social interactions. We are asking you to take part so that we can gain a better understanding of what tactile sensory problem people experience and how they... more

Perception and Expression of Musical emotions

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Hi there! I am a postgraduate researcher from the University of Bristol. I am currently completing a thesis which focusses on strengths amongst many autistic people in emotional understanding of and connection with music. Specifically, the research aims to apply findings on musical emotional understanding to empathy research. My reading and... more

Promoting Family Resilience: Effect of a Parenting Intervention on Families of Children with Autism

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Our study focus on supporting parents of children with autism through a parental intervention program focused on building resilience and improve emotional wellbeing. Eligibility: All parents of children with autism ages between 2 years-6 years. Study Description: Participants will be either assigned to receive the intervention program... more

Wandering Risk Research Study

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Researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center are conducting a new, IRB-approved, national study about wandering in youth with autism and other developmental disabilities. If you are the parent of a child who wanders, you may be eligible to participate. Participants will be asked to spend approximately 30 minutes completing an anonymous, online... more

Safer Dating for autistic teenagers

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Experts in dating violence and healthy relationships promotion from Boston University have been funded by the Organization for Autism Research to design and pilot-test a six-session curriculum on healthy dating for teenagers with an Asperger's profile. Topics include understanding healthy and unhealthy dating behaviors, warning signs of abuse,... more

Moral decision making in adults with autism

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This research is looking into moral decision making in adults with autism. If you are over the age of 18 and have an autism diagnosis (ASD, Autism, or Asperger's), please consider participating in the following short online study: https://yalesurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3IutG0cXDkqQCTr Participation in this study will involve... more

Investigating the effects of perceived stress and anxiety on food neophobia and selectivity in adults with and without Autism

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I'm looking for adults (over the age of 18) both with and without ASD to participate. It involves answering an anonymous online questionnaire which should take around 15 minutes to complete. The project is for my Master's dissertation and is supervised by Dr Rachel Marsden at Sheffield Hallam University; it's looking at perceived stress, anxiety,... more

Experience of adult siblings of individuals with disabilities

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Hello, The Sibling Leadership Network is conducting a survey about the experiences of siblings of individuals with disabilities. Given your constituency, would you be interested in sharing our attached flyer with the individuals and families you serve? If you are interested, I am attaching the flyer in this e-mail. By participating in this... more

A Study of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Emotions

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This study is looking to better understand the emotions and behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) between the ages of 5 and 9. We are looking for parents of a child on the spectrum, without language and intellectual impairment (or formerly Asperger's Syndrome) to complete an online survey. The survey will ask parents to think... more

Siblings FORWARD:

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STUDY WITH LATINO FAMILIES OF ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS OR DISABILITIES SUCH AS AUTISM: We are looking to interview Latino siblings of adults with autism or Latino adults with autism. Participants will give feedback on our program to increase siblings’ involvement in future planning for their brother/sister with special needs. ***Study... more

Exploring an Unmapped Intersection: A Study on the Medical Experiences of Autistic Transgender Adolescents and Young Adults

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SEEKING PARENT/GUARDIAN AND PROVIDER PARTICIPANTS AS WELL AS INDIVIDUALS! I am a PhD student at UMass Boston conducting a research study on the experiences of young people who are both autistic and transgender. I want to understand how young people think about autism and gender identity, and how autistic transgender adolescents and young adults... more

Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the relationship to psychological well-being in adult females.

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This research project is looking into characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and psychological well-being in adult females. The study aims to further the current understanding of how ASD presents in females, and to explore the connection between ASD and psychological well-being. If you are female, with or without ASD, and aged 18 or... more

Parent Experiences with Receiving an Autism Diagnosis

02/19/2019
If you have a child (any age) that has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the past 3 years, and you were present when the diagnosis was given, you are invited to participate in an online research survey! The purpose of this study is to better understand how parents receive a diagnosis of ASD and how their clinicians... more

Boston University ROAD Ahead study – seeking high school seniors

02/19/2019
Boston University is now recruiting high school seniors and their parents to participate in an 18-month longitudinal study on the post-school outcomes of students on the autism spectrum. We are looking for students who are in their last year of high school and who will graduate with a regular high school diploma. Parents will complete online... more

Blended Family life on the spectrum

02/19/2019
Almost nothing is known about the process of family formation among remarried families of children with autism. In this qualitative interview study I propose to interview approximately 10 sets of parents to determine what adaptations family members have had to make in order to form a new blended family. In particular I want to know what challenges... more

Development of the Theory of Mind Inventory for Adult Self Report (ToMI-Adult-SR)

02/19/2019
Purpose: This study is being conducted to develop a tool to measure “theory of mind” in adults. Theory of Mind is defined as the ability to recognize and understand thoughts, beliefs, desires, and intentions of other people in order to make sense of their behavior and predict what they are going to do next. The Theory of Mind Inventory is an... more

Experiences of Young Adults with Transition to Independent Living

02/19/2019
Looking for Massachusetts participants. Are you autistic or have intellectual disability? Are you between 18 and 26 years old? Then Irina Cain at Brandeis University is inviting you to take part in a study on what to do if you want to live on your own. This study is about understanding what schools and service providers can do to help you live... more

Experiences of Family Members with Transition to Independent Living

02/19/2019
Irina Cain at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is inviting parents or family members of young adults aged 18-26 with autism or intellectual disability to participate in a study on independent living. This study is about understanding what barriers and supports your family experienced when planning for your child to live independently.... more

Experiences of Service Providers with Transition to Independent Living

02/19/2019
Irina Cain at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is inviting service providers for young adults aged 18-26 with autism or intellectual disability to participate in a study on independent living. This study is about understanding what your role was in planning for independent living and providing resources for the family. Participating... more

Understanding Experiences of Autistic Undergraduate Students in Relation to Support Services of Their Colleges/Universities

02/19/2019
My name is So Yoon, and I am a doctoral student at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College and am currently conducting a study examining experiences of autistic undergraduate students to find better support autistic students on campus. With this study, we hope to inform colleges/universities of better ways to support autistic students on... more

Exploring an Unmapped Intersection: A Study on the Medical Experiences of Autistic Transgender Adolescents

02/19/2019
I am a PhD student at UMass Boston conducting a research study on the experiences of adolescents who are both autistic and transgender. I want to understand how young people think about autism and gender identity, and how autistic transgender adolescents engage with medical providers. To explore this subject, I am interested in talking to 3... more

Evaluation of educational materials among 9th graders with Autism

10/08/2018
Organization: Cambridge Focus/Mad*Pow Contact: dsimon@cambridgefocus.com; (978) 344-5141 Purpose: To understand how different children interact with a variety of accessible educational materials originally developed for students with low vision. Description: 9th grade students with autism or other special needs will go to Mad*Pow's... more

Study: The Living Room

09/28/2018
Name of Study: The Living Room: Development and Evaluation of a Simulated Prototype to Dynamically Adjust Ambient Environments to Promote Affective Regulation in Individuals with Autism Organization: Northeastern University Contact: m.goodwin@northeastern.edu Description: STUDY PURPOSE To measure the effect of variable light, sound,... more

Autistic-LGBTQ Writing Intervention Study

09/28/2018
Organization: University of Massachusetts Boston Website: https://tinyurl.com/AutismLGBTQScreening Contact: meredith.maroney001@umb.edu Description: My name is Meredith Maroney and I am currently completing my doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. I’m part of an LGBTQ-affirmative... more

In Vivo ultra-high field anatomical brain structure in ASD

09/28/2018
Organization: Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging/Mass General Hospital Contact: Noreen Ward: noreen@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu, (617) 724-2314 Description: Nouchine Hadjikhani's group at MGH is doing this NIH-sponsored research to better understand the microstructure of the brain of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This... more

Quality of Life Study for Parents of Children with ASD

09/04/2018
Organization: The University of New Brunswick Links: Survey: https://survey.psyc.unb.ca/qolconsent.aspx Twitter: @autism_unb, @autism_QOL Description: I am a researcher involved in a project on quality of life for parents and their children with ASD. The study is for parents of children with ASD aged 8-11 – looking at... more

Gender-Related Concerns in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

08/14/2018
Organization: Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center in New York Contact: aadesman@northwell.edu Anonymous study link: https://hofstra.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0v5Wsax972UkmuV Description: Past research has suggested that individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be at increased risk for gender-related... more

Stress, Social Support, and Mindfulness in Parents of Children with Neurodevelopmental Deficits: A Quantitative Analysis

07/31/2018
Organization: Walden University Contact: Branden Syrotchen, branden.syrotchen@waldenu.edu Description: Research supports that the parenting of children with neurodevelopmental deficits can be very stressful to the point of increased health risks, which can detrimentally affect parents physical and emotional well-being. Considerable... more

Online vs. in-person college preparation mentoring program

07/27/2018
Organization: University of Massachusetts Lowell Website: https://www.uml.edu/Research/autism/ Description: We are recruiting participants for a study to compare the effectiveness of online mentoring vs. in-person mentoring. High school students on the autism spectrum who plan to go to college in the next year or two will receive... more

School Readiness in Kindergartners with ASD

07/17/2018
Organization: Center for Autism and the Developing Brain Contact: asddevelopmentlab@gmail.com Website: https://www.nyp.org/psychiatry/services/center-for-autism-and-the-developing-brain Description: We are currently recruiting children who are entering or in kindergarten this year for a research study examining school readiness and... more

Autistic-LGBTQ Intervention Study

07/03/2018
Organization: University of Massachusetts Boston Contact: Meredith.Maroney001@umb.edu Description: My name is Meredith Maroney and I am currently completing my doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. I'm part of an LGBTQ-affirmative research-advocacy group at the University of Massachusetts Boston... more

Neurodiversity and the Organizational Interview Process

07/03/2018
Organization: Grand Canyon University Contact: Lauren Megrew at 914-489-9691 or lemegrew@gmail.com Description: Interviewing have been shown to be a significant barrier to obtaining gainful employment among the ASD population. The goal of this doctoral study is to examine the lived experiences of college educated Autists and the... more

Improving Driving in Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

06/26/2018
Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Contact: Haley Driscoll at 617-724-2551 or hdriscoll2@mgh.harvard.edu Description: We are seeking adults with a valid drivers license who have or think they may have a DSM-V diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to participate in a study on driving and anxiety. Who can... more

BETA (Building Evidence for Technology and Autism): A Delphi study

06/08/2018
Organization: Sorbonne University and University of Bath Website: http://www.asdtech.ed.ac.uk/beta Contact: Vanessa Zervogianni (zervogianni@isir.umpc.fr) Description: 1. Who are we looking for? We are looking for people with an autism diagnosis, family members and people that work with or care for those and have a keen interest in... more

Post-Traumatic Growth in Parents of Young Adult Children Diagnosed with Autism

05/22/2018
Organization: Adelphi University Website: www.growingkindminds.com/ Contact: Victoria Grinman (646) 522-0628 victoriagrinman@mail.adelphi.edu Description: If you are a parent of a child who is currently between the ages of 18-26, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and you feel you have found benefits or growth through your... more

In vivo ultra-high field anatomical brain structure in ASD

05/15/2018
Organization: Harvard/MGH Martinos Center Contact: Noreen Ward: noreen@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu This study aims at using new MR technologies to examine wether we can observe, at the individual level, microscopic changes that have been previously described by researchers who were using histology to look at brains of individuals with ASD. The... more

Adolescent Well-Being Study

05/15/2018
Organization: University of Massachusetts Amherst Website: developmentalmilestoneslab.com Contact: Ashley Woodman, Ph.D.  awoodman@psych.umass.edu Description: We are seeking adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) age 13-22 and their parents to participate in a study on adolescent well-being. Who can... more

What Can You Afford? Perception of Affordances in Autism

04/13/2018
Conducted by: Clemson University The purpose of our research is to explore how individuals with Autism use everyday objects. The research we collect may help us to understand more about the factors that impact the way various individuals perceive and use objects. We will collect this data though an online survey. The survey will display an... more

Eating Experiences and Food Patterns of Adults with ASD

04/13/2018
The goal of this research is to understand the eating experiences, eating disturbances, eating habits, and fruit and vegetable intake of adults on the Autism Spectrum. It also aims to include the direct perspectives of individuals on the Autism Spectrum in research on these topics. This research involves responding to an anonymous online survey... more

The Influence of Coparenting Support on Fathers’ Involvement with their Children with Autism

03/07/2018
Attention fathers of children with autism aged 4 to 11 years! Share your opinions with researchers at the University of Windsor in an online survey about your parenting experiences. It takes about 30 minutes. You will be offered a $5 Donation gift card that can be redeemed as a donation to thousands of charities across Canada, including over 200... more

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cartoon Emotion

03/07/2018
Children (aged 12-16) who have been diagnosed with ASD and are interested in cartoons are invited to share their experiences about emotions in cartoons. Participation includes a 30-45 minute confidential interview with each participant (parents may be in the room during the duration of the interview) and can take place in Newton, Worcester, or... more

Atypical Gaze Predictive of Later Autism Symptoms and Adaptive Functioning

02/23/2018
My name is Sarah Tuberman and I am a student at California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University - San Diego. I am studying ways that children look at objects and their hands/fingers, and how these behaviors might be related to later autism symptoms and daily functioning. The purpose of the research is to learn if... more

Investigations of Neuroplasticity Mechanisms in Autism Spectrum Disorders

02/23/2018
Seeking Study Participants with a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: "What is the study about?" The main purpose of this study is to investigate brain plasticity in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research suggests that during development the brains of individuals with ASD may change in response to their experiences... more

Executive Functions and Social Competence in Children with Autism ages 11-18

02/23/2018
Do you have a child with autism, aspergers or pdd-nos, who is between the ages of 11-18 years old? Are you interested in helping to identify more ways to improve your child’s self-monitoring behavior and emotion regulation? Would you like to participate in the development of effective support strategies to help your child learn to make new... more

Respite Care for Families of Children with Disabilities

01/19/2018
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in partnership with Family Empowerment (a division of Pathlight), are seeking parents of children, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to complete a survey on use of respite care and related services. Previous use of respite care is not required for... more

A Model of Parental Involvement in the Music Education of Students with Special Education Needs

01/19/2018
I am a music teacher/Ph.D. candidate at the University of Miami and I am doing research on the topic of parent involvement in the music education of students with special education needs. The purpose of this study is to examine what influences the development of effective relationships between schools, music teachers, and parents. If your child... more

Student Voices – Anonymous Survey for US High School Completers with ASD or LD

01/03/2018
This survey is for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a learning disability (LD) who completed high school in the United States. Please complete this on-line survey to participate in a project that helps to create guides for current high school students, teachers, and parents to make the school experience feel more successful for... more

The aV1ation Study

12/08/2017
Website: https://childadolescentpsych.cumc.columbia.edu/professionals/research-programs/veenstra-vanderweele-lab The Translational Medicine Program at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain is recruiting individuals with autism from 5 – 17 years of age to participate in our study called aV1ation. The purpose of this study is to test... more

Mealtime Experiences Study/Food Selectivity in Transition-Age Youth with ASD Research

12/01/2017
The Mealtime Experiences research study is a new project at the E.K. Shriver Center at UMass Medical School. The purpose of the study is to learn directly from youth (18-23 yrs.) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, or PDD-NOS) who dislike a lot of foods or eat fewer foods than most people their age and whether their food... more

Student Voices -for upper High School students

12/01/2017
For those in 11th & 12th grade: We are looking for current high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Learning Disabilities (LD) to participate in a project that helps to create guides for high school students, teachers, and parents to make the school experience feel more successful for those with ASD or LD. Focus groups... more

Student Voices -out of high school 1-3 years

12/01/2017
For Those Out of High School 1-3 Years: We are looking for recent high school graduates with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Learning Disabilities (LD) to participate in a project that helps to create guides for current high school students, teachers, and parents to make the school experience feel more successful for those with ASD or... more

Development and Refinement of a Caregiver-Completed Quality of Life Measure

12/01/2017
Parents or primary caregivers of non-communicative children with autism are needed for this study, and will be requested to complete the packet given via the provided URL. The study consists of several measures consisting of mostly multiple-choice responses related to a child's quality of life, as well as related areas of interest such as familial... more

Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge

11/15/2017
The mission of SPARK — an online research partnership involving 50,000 individuals with autism and their families — is simple. We want to speed up research and advance understanding of autism. Help us spark better futures for all individuals and families affected by autism. SPARK for Autism Research Study, Boston Children’s... more

Transition Outcomes of Students with Autism: Learning to Manage Daily Responsibilities

10/18/2017
Website: http://sites.bu.edu/roadahead/ Boston University is now recruiting Massachusetts parents and their high school students with ASD to participate in an 18-month longitudinal study on the post-school outcomes of students with ASD. We are looking for students with ASD who are in their last year of high school and who will graduate with a... more

Hazard Perception Training in Young Drivers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

10/13/2017
Sometimes new drivers, including teens with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD), have a hard time visually detecting critical items and anticipating a needed response to objects and other traffic indicators of a potentially hazardous situation. These critical items include traffic signs such as speed limit, stop and yield signs, as... more

Experiences of Attempting to Get an Autism Diagnosis as an Adult

09/29/2017
I am looking for participants who were not diagnosed with autism as children who then attempted to get a diagnosis at the age of 18 or older, regardless of whether or not they were successful in getting this diagnosis. My study only involves answering a questionnaire. I am interested in what struggles autistic people have faced in attempting to... more

Child Characteristics and Parent Factors in Children with ASD and/or ADHD: Disruptive Behaviors, Internalizing Symptoms, Parental Distress, and Parenting Practices

07/21/2017
The study will examine disruptive behavior problems, internalizing symptoms, parental distress, and parenting practices in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), ASD+ADHD, and typically-developing (TD) children. Specifically, the proposed study will examine how levels of child disruptive... more

The Influence of Coparenting Support on Fathers’ Involvement with their Children with Autism

06/30/2017
Attention fathers of children with autism aged 4 to 11 years! Share your opinions with researchers at the University of Windsor in an online survey about your parenting experiences. It takes about 30 minutes. You will be offered a $5 Donation gift card that can be redeemed as a donation to thousands of charities across Canada, including over... more

Can your active child help scientists understand autism?

06/28/2017
Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University are studying how children interact with moving objects. Using fun activities like sports and video games, we hope to learn about cognitive and motor processes that may be different in autism. Who can participate? Children 7-12 years old can participate. Children with or without a diagnosis of... more

Decision Making in Autism Spectrum Disorder

06/23/2017
Dr. John Knutsen at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is leading a study to help improve the care for children with ASD. The goal of our project is to identify ways to improve and make easier communication between parents of young children diagnosed within the past two years with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their child’s pediatrician and... more

Sidekicks – Autism Technology Focus Group

06/07/2017
Sidekicks is a Boston-based technology start-up that is creating new products to support autistic individuals and their care teams. We are currently recruiting autistic individuals, autism parents, special educators, and professionals to participate in a focus group. Time Commitment: 60 minutes Location: 25 Mt Auburn St. Suite 100. Cambridge,... more

Parent Treatment Choice

06/02/2017
We are currently examining what autism treatments teachers/parents have seen implemented, find effective, and thoughts about the treatment effectiveness. We are using a survey to inquire about those treatments. The number of questions will depend upon the participant's experience with different autism treatments. Teacher... more

Engaging Siblings of Adults with Autism in Future Planning

05/31/2017
Boston University is doing a research study to develop a new program to increase siblings’ involvement in future planning for their brother/sister with autism spectrum disorder. We are looking for siblings, service providers, and  adults with autism for this study. If you participate, you will either participate  in a focus group or a... more

Novel Language Intervention Study (ages 5-12)

05/26/2017
Website: https://www.bu.edu/autism/ We are testing the effectiveness of two speech interventions designed to help minimally verbal children with ASD learn to produce speech sounds, words, and simple phrases. Using noninvasive methods to record brain activity, we are seeking to identify brain ‘markers’ that could (1) help predict the kinds... more

Brain Systems for Language

05/26/2017
Our primary mission is to advance scientific knowledge about language and social communication in people with ASD. This study focuses on adolescents aged 8-21 using behavioral, brain, and cognitive measures. The goal is to understand the range of language abilities, particularly the brain systems that may explain why people with ASD have... more

Sidekicks – Technology Usability Study

05/12/2017
Sidekicks is a Boston-based technology start-up that is building an online platform to help the autism community. Founded by Ron Suskind, best-selling author of Life, Animated, Sidekicks taps into kids' special interests to help them practice communicating. We are looking for parents and their spectrum kids (age 6-18) to help us test some new... more

Understanding the Sexuality of Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

05/12/2017
Do You Have Autism Spectrum Disorder (High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Disorder, or PDD-NOS)? Are your cognitive abilities within the low average to above average range? Would you be interested in learning more about yourself and your sexuality? If so and you are over 21, we would like you to participate in a research study being... more

TMS Investigations of Neuroplasticity in ASD

05/12/2017
The main purpose of this study is to investigate brain plasticity in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research suggests that during development the brains of individuals with ASD may change in response to their experiences differently than the brains of those without it. We want to understand why and how this difference may... more

Neurodiverse Couples Survey

05/12/2017
A survey to help AANE better understand the unique needs of neurodiverse couples NEURODIVERSE COUPLES, WE NEED YOU TO TAKE OUR SURVEY! Neurology matters and so does your feedback. If you are currently in a neurodiverse relationship, or if you have been in one in the past, please help AANE by taking the survey and sharing your opinions and... more

Quality of life of school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder: Factors that predict parents’ perspective

05/03/2017
I am a researcher involved in a project on quality of life for parents and their children with ASD. The study is for parents of children with ASD aged 8-11 – looking at factors related to children’s quality of life. The link to the survey is here: https://survey.psyc.unb.ca/qolconsent.aspx We are on twitter: @autism_unb and... more

BE YOURSELF research study

04/26/2017
Brain Empowerment: Youth-Oriented Unconstrained Reality for Social Engagement and Lifeskills Formation Brain Power, creator of the world's first wearable educational system for people with autism, is currently enrolling children and adults on the autism spectrum for a research study testing tolerability of Google Glass and Brain Power software... more

Understanding Autism Service Preferences

04/26/2017
Invitation to participate in a research study on autism service preferences We would like to invite you to participate in a research study about your thoughts and feelings about autism services. We are looking for people with autism and their families to take an online survey about how you think and feel about different services you may have... more

PALS Program Design Feedback: Pilot Study

04/19/2017
Dr. Denise Davidson, Ph.D., of Loyola University Chicago is running a study assessing the efficacy of a social support program (PALS) she designed on successful transition to college in students with ASD. She is interested in exploring how the PALS program affects four individual characteristics (social and emotional functioning, mental health... more

Call for Submissions: Personal Essays of Everyday Life

04/19/2017
Through a grant from the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, I am publishing a collection of personal essays depicting everyday life from individuals with Autism, ADD, Down Syndrome, OCD, and other neurological idiosyncrasies. I wish to extend a call for submissions to the Fighting for Autism Community. Right now, I am looking for stories... more

Failure to Launch: Perceptions of Young Adults With ASD and Their Parents Regarding Meaningful Employment and Independent Living

04/12/2017
You are invited to participate in a research paper titled “Failure to Launch” designed to explore the perceptions of young adults with Asperger’s Disorder (AD) or High Functioning Autism (HFA), and their parents, regarding meaningful employment and independent living after high school or post- secondary education. This study is being... more

Kasey’s Workplace Questionnaire

04/07/2017
Hi, My name is Kasey McClelland and I am the mother of an Aspie 8 year old. I am also enrolled at Texas State University and I am writing a research paper of Autism in the workplace; however I reside in a rural community and am looking to send my anonymous and brief (less than 5 minutes) questionnaire to 30-50 autistic or Asperger's... more

Asperger Syndrome: What parents can teach us about success and challenges

03/29/2017
I am Wendy Handler, MBA, DBA. I am working on a research project about the experiences of parents of children (elementary school to mid 20’s) with Aspergers. My goal is to find common successful themes as well as challenges in raising this group of children. I am interested in speaking with parents of children of various ages. It is my hope that... more

The Chemistry Between ASD Individuals and Horses: Using First Person Perspectives of Hippotherapy Experience

03/15/2017
This research explores first person accounts of individuals with ASD, who describes their experience with hippotherapy (equine therapy). Specifically, interviews will be used to understand why ASD individuals are often fond of horses. The findings that result from this project will have two implications: 1) it will provide a detailed description... more

Social Behaviours in Adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions

03/15/2017
This is an online study looking at autistic adults' social behaviours and links with wellbeing. If you are aged 18 or over and have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition, you are eligible to take part. The survey will take around 30 minutes to complete and can be paused and resumed whenever suits you for up to one month after you... more

Participant Database for Persons Interested in Research Studies of Developmental Disorders

03/15/2017
Help Us Explore How the Brain Works! Healthy Children/Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Ages 6 to 17 Needed for Research Studies at Massachusetts General Hospital What we study: The brain: how it works and how it develops How the brain and body affect each other Why some children have developmental disorders, such as... more

Cognitive Function, Social Preferences, & Risk Taking among College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger Syndrome

03/08/2017
Website: https://www.facebook.com/DevelopmentalStudies/ Help us find out whether ways that young adult men with Autism or Asperger’s regulate their attention and thinking, types of interests they have, and ways they respond in social situations are related to risk taking behavior. Participants must be: Male college students 18 and... more

Research Study on Employment of Adults with Autism

03/03/2017
Boston University’s Families and Autism Research Lab is looking for employers who have experience managing/supervising individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study focuses on employers’ views about their employee(s) with ASD. The survey should take less than 30 minutes to fill out. If you are currently supervising an employee... more

Using Robotics and Engineering to Positively Affect Social and Emotional Development in Children with Autism

03/01/2017
Who: Children ages 7-12 who have been diagnosed with ASD and are high functioning. What: Three 60-minute sessions in which two participants will be given an engineering challenge to design for a robotic pet dinosaur. They will use LEGOs and a variety of craft materials to build to solutions for the robot. When: Wednesdays March 15th, 22nd,... more

Client-Centered Design in Makerspaces to Positively Affect Social, Emotional, and Job-Related Skills in Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism

02/24/2017
We are a research team from the Education and Engineering Departments at Tufts University’s who are interested in examining how involvement in client-centered projects completed in Makerspaces helps adolescents with autism spectrum disorder create a context where social and job-related skills are required. Several previous studies conducted by... more

Parents’ Perceptions of the ASD Assessment Process

02/24/2017
The study includes 30-minute phone interviews with parents of children who were referred for autism assessment. The goal of the study is to understand parents’ perceptions of the autism assessment process in order to make improvements to the process in the future. All interviews are confidential. Please contact UCLA PhD student Kashia Axthelm... more

A Revolutionary Process for Adults with Aspergers

02/10/2017
Please join us for this FREE 6 week process group for adults with Aspergers’ Syndrome. We will use Core Energetics’ techniques to help connect with the self and with others in an aligned way, while strengthening self awareness, and body consciousness. Using movement, breath work and interactive therapy we will explore the energetic blocks... more

Pursuing Happiness: An Investigation of Positive Mental Health in Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

02/08/2017
According to Schalock’s (2004) Emerging Disability Paradigm, researchers have an obligation to study positive traits of individuals with disabilities, including strengths, contributors to life satisfaction, and interventions to improve quality of life. The purpose of the present study is to examine personal strengths and life satisfaction in... more

GAMES Project

02/01/2017
Do you know a 7-11 year old with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder? Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital are seeking children with autism spectrum disorder to help test a new executive function intervention. Executive function skills allow children to manage complex or conflicting information while solving problems. Participation... more

Visual Perception in Autism

02/01/2017
We invite you to participate in our research project investigating visual perception in people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Our research is looking at how our brain filters visual information in the world, and how attention changes what we see. We hope our findings will provide a better understanding about the differences in vision and... more

Autism Study at the FACE Lab at Emerson College

02/01/2017
What is the FACE Lab? We are the Facial Affective and Communicative Expressions (FACE) Lab for Autism Research at Emerson College in Boston, MA. The FACE Lab studies how children with and without autism use their faces, voices, and words to communicate with others, with the hope of eventually improving diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes in this... more

Experience of Parenting a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

01/20/2017
Hello, my name is Rebecca Glover and I am a graduate student at Washington State University in the psychology department. I am conducting research on the experiences of parenting a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for my master’s thesis. I am inviting caregivers (e.g., biological parent, stepparent, adoptive parent) of one child with... more

Research study for Autistic children aged 3 to 6 years

01/11/2017
Website: http://www.bu.edu/childlanguage/ We are conducting a two-visit research study at the Child Language Lab at Boston University about Autistic Children's linguistic development. During the first visit, we are interested in learning how children on the spectrum understand pronouns like “me” and “you”. Your child would play an... more

Experiences of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

12/23/2016
The number of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in post-secondary academic settings is increasing. Meanwhile, even though most of these students are well-equipped intellectually for post-secondary education, studies suggest they often struggle with academic achievement, express decreased satisfaction with their post-secondary... more

Urban Space and Autism

12/09/2016
Urban space is defined as the spaces between buildings, such as streets, parks and public square. This Study is looking into how architects and urban designers can make urban space in towns and cities more inclusive of neurodiversity, in particular people with autism. If there is anyone (over 18) with autism who would be happy to share their... more

Wandering in children ages 4 and above

12/07/2016
Wandering by children with ASD and other developmental disorders is a significant safety concern. It is estimated that more than 250,000 children with disabilities wander away from adult supervision each year. Few researchers have looked at this major issue, and there has been little focus on prevention measures and the impact that wandering... more

Joint Media Engagement among Autistic Children and Families

11/30/2016
Are you the parent/guardian of a child age 3-8 on the autism spectrum in the Boston area? Researchers at Northeastern University want to understand how your child uses media and technology with their family members, whether it’s a little or a lot. The information from this study could help parents/guardians and clinicians understand... more