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Research Requests

  • Aspergers Victoria regularly receives requests from researchers to advertise opportunities for our members to be participants in their research projects. Listed below are current projects. Please ensure you investigate the requirements carefully before deciding to be involved.

If you are a Researcher and have an authorised research study that is relevant to what we do, our members and which may be appropriate for us to publicise on our website, please complete the Research Request form and send an email to the Research Requests Co-ordinator with a copy of the research project that you want publicised through us and a copy of the ethics approval associated with the research. We will consider your request and respond to you as soon as possible. We would also appreciate you forwarding us the report or summary at the end of your project, so we may inform our members of the outcome of the research projects they may participate in.

Current Research seeking participants 

Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre Auditory Research:

OTARC are seeking children/teens to be part of a study to take place in March 2019.  The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a research based auditory therpay showing results in:  social engagement and emotional regulation, auditory sensitivities and auditory processing anxiety. 

Who can participate?

  • Youth aged 6-15 years, with a confirmed ASD diagnosis
What does participating involve?
  • Attending a pre-intervention testing session (2 hrs in week of 25th March 2019)
  • Attend one hour per day for 5 days for SSP intervention in Tues-Sat April 2nd-6th 2019
  • Attend one post-intervention testing seesion (1.5hrs) in week of 8thApril 2019
  • Attend one 2 month follow up testing session (2 hours) in May 27th-31st 2019. 
  • Listening to filtered/modifed mustic through headphones for 1 hour.
Please contact Joanne McIntyre, PhD Candidate, at J.McIntyre@labrobe.edu.au or phone 9479 3209 
Where can I find further information?


Monash Uni Fitness Tracker and Physical Activity Research:

Monash Uni are seeking adults with ASD to compare the effectiveness of using paper forms versus technology (specifically fitness trackers) in supporting self-management procedures to increase physical activity in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Who can participate?

  • Individuals over 18 years of age on the autism spectrum 
  • Based in Metropolitan Melbourne, Victoria
  • Able to participate in physical activity (e.g jog or walk) 
  • Able to read basic English 
  • No issues with wearing a fitness tracker on the wrist over six weeks
What does participating involve?
  • Meet with the researcher at the start and end of the study for a discussion. 
  •  Be trained to use self-management strategies to increase physical activity (jog and walk). 
  • Wear a fitness tracker for six weeks. 
  • Set goals, record progress, monitor physical activity levels.
  • Meet with the researcher five days per week (20 minutes/meeting) to discuss progress.
Please contact Gladys Lai Cheng Chia by email : Lai-Cheng.Chia@monash.edu 
Where can I find further information?

Deakin Uni All Play Learn Inclusion in Education Settings Research:

Deakin Uni are seeking parents/guardians of a child with disability to understand their experiences in the education setting. The goal is to make childcare, kindergartens and schools more inclusive for children of all abilities. This will help build AllPlay Learn, a new initative to create new pathways for inclusion for children with developmental challenges and disabilities so they can play, learn, dance and connect into the community.

Who can participate?

  • Parents/guardians of secondary school students who are either 1) currently attending school, or 2) have attended school in the past. This could be any mainstream or special education school.
  • This includes children with any condition that affects cognitive, developmental (e.g. autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disability, learning disorders, communication/language disorders), sensory (hearing or vision), or mobility functions (cerebral palsy), and children who need extra planning for medical reasons. 
  • This study is open to all families residing in Victoria. 
What does participating involve? For more information please contact Dr. Tamara May email: allplaylearn@deakin.edu.au or phone: 03 9244 5084.
Where can I find further information?

Pathways Beyond Diagnosis Study

La Trobe Uni Autism CRC are seeking parents of a preschool aged child with an autism diagnosis  to take part in a Family Support Program by sharing their experiences post-diagnosis. 

Who can participate?

  • Parents of children aged under 6 years
  • Child has an autism diagnosis
What does participating involve? For further information please review the Pathways Beyond Diagnosis flyer (jpg) or contact Stacey Rabba at the Autism CRC at s.rabba@latrobe.edu.au

Influences on Choosing Interventions for Children on the Autism Spectrum

ACU are seeking parents of children on the autism spectrum, who are interested in being involved in a study aimed at learning more about what influences parents when making intervention decisions and to identify new ways to support parents with that decision-making. 

Who can participate?

  • Parents/Carers of children 4-11 years of age
  • On the autism spectrum 
  • Based in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Received a diagnosis more than 6 months ago 
What does participating involve?
  • Completomg a background questionnaire
  • Attending (or via phone) a 1 hour interview with a researcher at Australain Catholic University, Fitzroy, (or other convenient location).
  • Bringing copies of reports to verify your child's diagnostic information (e.g. age at diagnosis).
Please contact Meghan Wilson (PhD candidate) at Meghan.wilson@myacu.edu.au if you are interested.  
View the ACU's Participant flyer.pdf and the Ethics Approval Letter

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