Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic experiences that occur in childhood; some of the experiences include witnessing violence, experiencing abuse, and experiencing community violence. It has been shown that the autistic population is more likely to experience Adverse Childhood Experiences, including abuse. Although Adverse Childhood Experiences and abuse has been widely looked at in the neurotypical population, there is a lack of exploration of these in the autistic population; in particular, in autistic children.
This research will consist of an online survey given to Autistic adults and parents and caregivers of Autistic children. It aims to help close the gap as it will investigate the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences, including abuse, in autistic individuals. It aims to understand more about the personal characteristics and other factors that may influence abuse in this community. It will explore the potential behavioural outcomes in those who have been abused (compared to those who have not been abused), along with exploring therapeutic experiences.
This data will then be used in conjunction with data from the other phases of research to create a tailored intervention for autistic children who experienced abuse.