Autism is not caused by a lack of love, and it is not cured by punishment. Parents need support to manage difficult behaviours with structure and consistency.
This page provides information on research studies in which families with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) might be interested in participating.
DISCLAIMER: These studies are being conducted by 3rd parties not affiliated with Autism Services.
(i.e., methods and strategies presented in the studies may differ compared to what is offered at Autism Services)
STUDY: Parents Empowering Neurodiverse Kids
This study is led by Dr. Patrick McGrath, IWK Health Centre and Dr. Lucyna Lach at McGill University.
About the study
We are offering Canadian parents of children with Neurodevelopmental disabilities an opportunity to participate in research. We offer a chance to try out a new parenting program aimed to help parents better manage challenging behavior in their children.
Who Are We Looking For?
We are seeking parents of children with intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Epilepsy, Global Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), severe learning disability and other neuro-developmental disabilities to take part in a study run by the Centre for Research in Family Health at the IWK Health Centre.
Children must be ages 3-14 and have an official diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disability. You must live in Canada to take part in this study.
For Your Time
Participating and eligible families will receive up to an $150 honorarium (cheque or gift card) in $50 installments as they complete the three study questionnaire sets.
In addition to the honorarium, eligible families may receive free coaching to help with their child’s challenging behaviours.
The Strongest Families Neurodevelopmental Program
The Strongest Families Neurodevelopmental Program has been developed to deliver evidence-based care to families in the comfort of their own homes. Our program includes 11 skill-based education sessions, weekly telephone support from trained coaches, video/audio skill demonstrations, and a Parent-to-Parent online support group. Eligible study participants will have access to some or all of these components, either during or after the study, and will be asked to provide their feedback.
The creation of our program has involved parents of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities as expert advisors in all phases of the project, ensuring program content is relevant to families like their own.
This study is led by Dr. Patrick McGrath, IWK Health Centre and Dr. Lucyna Lach at McGill University. It has received ethics approval by the IWK research ethics board.
For more information on the study, click here: Neuro-Study_PDF
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