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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 send an email to the Research Requests Co-ordinator with a copy of the research project that you want publicised through us, together with a short summary of the research project 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 

Victoria Uni School Refusal Behaviour and Autism Research:

Victoria Uni are seeking mothers who would like to be a part of a study investigating their experiences as a Mother of an Autistic child or adolescent , who is (or was) experiencing school refusal behaviour.

Who can participate?

  • Mothers of Autistic children or adolescents, (also known as Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC); but may have previously been referred to as HIgh-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome)
  • Without an Intellectual Disability
  • Is experiencing (or has in the past) school refusal behaviour
  • Child/adolescent is in a mainstream school in Victoria.
What does participating involve?
  • Meeting the researchers for an invterview about your experiences, either at a place of your choice, or Victoria University.
Please contact Ms Deborah Gray Student researcher on deborah.gray@live.vu.edu.au or phone 0490 908 519. 
Where can I find further information?

    Victoria Uni Siblings Quality of Life Research

    Victoria Uni are seeking adult participants to examine the outlook or mindset and quality of life of adults who havea sibling with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

    Who can participate?

    • Those aged 20-40 years old, with a sibling with  Autism Spectrum Disorder or Intellectual Disability
      What does participating involve?
      • You will be asked to participate in an online survey (about 20 minutes). You will have an option to leave your contacts details, to potentially be invited to participate in an interview to further expand upon your answers provided in the survey.

      Please contact Stephania at smer2@student.monash.edu for more information, or visit http://tinyurl.com/y75braxr to participate in the study. 
      Where can I find further inforamtion?


      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?

      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 March 2019)
      • Attend one hour per day for 5 days for SSP intervention in March 2019
      • Attend one post-intervention testing seesion (1.5hrs) in April 2019
      • Attend one 2 month follow up testing session (2 hours) in May 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?

      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 children with disabilities who are either 1) currently attending childcare, kindergarten, long day care, primary or secondary school, or 2) have attended any of these 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?

            Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre Sleep Study: 

            OTARC are seeking adults on the autism spectrum who are interested in being involved in a consultative group for a research project aimed at developing an insomnia intervention for adults on the spectrum. 

            Who can participate?

            • Individual over 18 years of age diagnosed on the autism spectrum Based in Melbourne, Victoria and who have experienced sleep difficulties and/or psychological intervention 
            What does participating involve?
            • Attending monthly meetings at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Providing advice over email as necessary and assisting in the adaptation of an insomnia intervention program 
            Please contact Dr Lauren Lawson on l.lawson@latrobe.edu.au by if you are interested. Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre 

            Deakin Uni Sleeping Sound with ASD Research

            Deakin Uni / Murdoch Research Institute are seeking children to take part in this Sleeping Sound with ASD world-first research study which aims to see whether a brief sleep treatment program improves sleep problems, as well as wellbeing and daily functioning in primary school aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

            Who can participate?
            • Primary school aged children (5-13 years)
            • With moderate to severe behavioural sleeping difficulties
            • With a confirmed diagnosis of ASD without intellectual disability
            • Living in Victoria, Australia  
            What does participating involve? Please contact Dr Emma Sciberras at sleepingsound@deakin.edu.au or by calling (03) 9246 8937 or SMS 0458 430 684. 

            Autism and Parent Stress Study

            Walden University in Minnesota are seeking female caregivers of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for a study on parenting experiences among female caregivers of adolescents.

            Who can participate?

            • Female caregivers of youth aged 14 to 22, who have a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 
            • Young person currently lives with you in your household.  
            What does participating involve? Please contact Victoria Ambrus at victoria.ambrus@waldenu.edu email for 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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