Understanding the Sensory Experiences of Autistic Children and Young People
Dr. Nuala Brady, Madeleine Diepman
University College Dublin
Who can participate
Parents and guardians of autistic children/ young people & parents and guardians of non-autistic (neurotypical) children/ young people between the ages of 4 and 17 years inclusive. Participants do not need to be located in Ireland. Participants must have a good understanding of reading/writing in English.
Remote; see Description below to find out how to participate.
The research invites parents and 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 children’s:
- sensory responses (to light, sound, touch, texture etc)
- communication, and
- social interaction styles, and
- how they experience and express their emotions.
The study should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. Although differences in how autistic people experience sensory information have been recognized for a long time, how these everyday experiences relate to and may impact other aspects of how people experience the world (via social interactions, emotional responses etc) is still poorly understood.
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 (as the questionnaire is in 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 here in Ireland about their wording preference. From our feedback, we have decided to use terms such as “autistic individual” rather than “individual with autism” in advertising this research study. However, we understand that different individuals and communities have their own preferences and encourage you to use wording that best suits for you.
Click this link to learn more about the study or sign up to participate.
Nuala Brady, email@example.com
December 31, 2021