Sensory Experiences in Autistic Children and Young People

Research Study

Along with a research student Madeleine Diepman (who works under my supervision) I am conducting a research student on Understanding the Sensory Experiences of Autistic Children and Young People in the School of Psychology at University College Dublin, Ireland.

The research invites parents/ guardians of autistic and non-autistic children to answer an online questionnaire regarding their child’s sensory experiences. This questionnaire consists of four scales that look at different sensory responses and should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.

To do our best to ensure the findings from this research are reliable and are as representative of the autistic community as possible, we are trying to involve as many parents and guardians as we can. With the support of Chartered Psychologist, Dr. Keeley White, we are reaching out to communities around the world to invite them to share our study. By doing this, we hope to increase awareness and involvement in our research. Therefore, we hope that you would be able to help us by sharing our research with parents and guardians in your community

To take part in this research, we ask that parents/ guardians answer the questionnaire in relation to their child who does or does not have a clinical diagnosis of autism. The child must be aged between 4-17 years (inclusive), and the parent/ guardian must have proficient English. This study is completely anonymous and has received full ethical approval from the UCD Ethics Committee.

We would also like to note, being mindful of the preferences of the autistic community, we have asked a number of autistic individuals about their wording preference. From our feedback, we have decided to use terms such as “autistic individual” rather than “individual with autism” in our research. However, we understand that different individuals and communities have their own preferences and encourage you to use wording that best suits for you.

The following link provides more details of the study if you would like to find out more:

Should this be something you are interested in helping with, please post on your website

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself ( and I would be very happy to answer them

Thank you and best wishes

Professor Nuala Brady, UCD

Published on: Oct 13, 2021 at 13:42

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