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Studies with Children and Teens



Autism Research at York University

The Children’s Learning Projects Research Lab at York University is looking for participants! We are a research team led by Dr. James Bebko at York University. Our team is dedicated to the study of how children, adolescents, and adults learn about, process, and understand their world. Our research team investigates the language abilities and cognitive skills in typically developing children, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disabilities, Deafness/deafness and Attention Difficulties (ADHD/ADD).
We are looking for participants between the ages of 3 and 40 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger Syndrome).
We are also looking for participants with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder between  the ages of 6 – 16 years.  We have several ongoing studies, all of which take between 1 -2 hours.
Please Contact us: Children’s Learning Projects Lab
Phone: 416-650-8495  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Web: https://bebko.apps01.yorku.ca/clp/

University of Toronto Study about how teenagers read fiction

Are you are parent of a teenager with high functioning autism or Asperger syndrome? Would your son or daughter be interested in a study of how teenagers read fiction? The purpose of our research is to learn about the different ways in which children build up a mental picture of the story when they read fiction. It is important to understand how children interpret the kinds of texts they read in school literature classes. Yet little research to date has examined this, either for typically developing children or children with autism in inclusive classrooms. We would like to work with typically developing children aged 13 and older, and children of the same age who have been diagnosed with high functioning autism (HFA) or Asperger syndrome. Read More...

Online survey - the Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale- Revised: Outlining characteristics of individuals with high-functioning autism

Dr. Stacey Jones Bock from the Department of Special Education at Illinois State University, Drs. Brenda Myles and Richard Simpson are working on an exciting research project entitled, “The Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale- Revised: Outlining characteristics of individuals with high-functioning autism.” They are inviting parents or caregivers and professionals (ie. pediatricians, psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers) who have worked with or supported a student with a diagnosis of Asperger Disorder to participate. The purpose of this study is to identify diagnostic characteristics of individuals on the high functioning or previously the ‘Asperger-end’ of the autism spectrum. This information will be used in professional presentations and to inform the revision of the Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale, originally published in 2000.

If you are willing to participate in this project, I would like to ask you to complete a short survey. The completion of the survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Please be assured that your participation in this study is absolutely voluntary. There will be no penalties of any kind and your choice to participate will not be divulged to anyone. There is a minimal risk of loss of confidentiality. In order to minimize this risk, I will not collect IP addresses or personal contact information. Please complete the survey in an environment in which you are comfortable. In addition, all survey data will be reported in aggregate in professional presentations and publications. I, Dr. Jones Bock, will store all the data on my password-protected computer under lock and key in my office in DeGarmo Hall or secured in my personal domicile. Computer data will be deleted 5 years after I publish or present the findings.

If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact Stacey Jones Bock at (309) 438-7884 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study, please contact the Chairperson of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the Research Ethics & Compliance Office at (309) 438-2529.

Research at Illinois State University that involves human participants is carried out under the oversight of the Institutional Review Board. Questions or problems regarding these activities should be addressed to IRB Chairperson, Research Ethics & Compliance Office, Campus Box 3330, Normal, IL 61790-3330, or phone (309) 438-2529.

If you agree to participate in this study, please link to Characteristics of Individuals with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and complete the online survey.

Research Study on Youth Friendships and Dating

Parents and their youth (16-19 years old) are invited to participate in a study on friendship and dating experiences in young people with developmental disabilities and ASD.
Youth do not have to date to participate. The study will take about 1 hour and will help researchers learn more about how youth friendships and dating develop.
You will get a $5 gift card for Tim Hortons as a thank you for taking part in this study.
If you are interested or want to learn more, please call or e-mail the primary researcher, Mrs. Marina Heifetz; Tel: (416) 887-7013; E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Transition to Kindergarten Study for Punjabi or Hindi Speaking Parents

What: Our study gives Punjabi or Hindi speaking parents having a child with autism an opportunity to make their voices heard. We would like to hear about your experience when transitioning your child to kindergarten. This research is being conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Starr and Dr. Ben Kuo of the University of Windsor.

Who: We are recruiting Punjabi or Hindi speaking parents of children with autism living in the Greater Toronto Area whose child transitioned to kindergarten in the last 2 or 3 years to participate in a group discussion in Punjabi or Hindi with other parents.

Where: The precise location will be identified later but it will likely be held in Mississauga or Brampton.

When: A weekday evening in May or June. Specific day and time to be determined depending on parent availability. The group will last for 2 hours.

Honorarium: An honorarium of $20 will be given to parents for their participation.

Interested? If you are interested in this research, or have any questions please contact either Dr. Elizabeth Starr at (519) 253-3000 x3836 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (if you wish to speak in English), or Karmjit Kaur at (519) 992-6345 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (if you wish to speak in Punjabi or Hindi).

Test a social perception training computer game

Does your child aged 9-12 have a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism?
Do they struggle with accurately reading and responding to emotions when interacting with others?
If you answered YES – you may be interested in participating in a study that is testing a social perception training computer game.

  • A 30-minute computer game is completed for 2 weeks either at home or at Ryerson University
  • Training involves watching and interacting with videos of emotional facial expressions
  • 3 testing sessions will also take place at Ryerson University
  • For our first session, we will compare performance of children with autism to typically developing children on a variety of emotion-related tasks.
  • Throughout training, we will be comparing a treatment group and a non-treatment control group.
  • 40 eligible children will be assigned to a treatment group or a control group
  • We will be looking at gains children make in behaviour, emotion understanding and brain activity related to emotional understanding

Compensation for travel expenses will be provided, and children will be compensated with a gift card.
If you are interested, please contact:
Lucy McGarry, SMART lab, Ryerson University, 416-979-5000 ext. 4989.
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The Government of Canada's study about government programs for persons with disabilities

Are you a person with a disability or the immediate family member of a person with a disability?
The Government of Canada is conducting a study about government programs for persons with disabilities and issues related to saving for the future.
If you or your immediate family member with a disability is in receipt of the federal Disability Tax Credit, you might be eligible for the study.
As a participant in this study, you will be asked to participate in:
1) a 2 hour focus group or
2) a 40 minute telephone interview.
In appreciation for your time, you will receive a $75 cash honorarium.
To volunteer for this study, please contact us at 1-866-770-4649 and leave a message with your name and telephone number. Someone will call you back to confirm your eligibility for the research.
This study is being conducted on behalf of the Government of Canada by Phoenix SPI, an independent Canadian research firm.
Your personal information will be treated in complete confidence.

Is social success achievable in individuals with autistic disorder?

Adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are invited to participate in a study that aims to determine the social success of the individual with autistic disorder both at home and at school and to determine what factors may be influencing this ability in each setting.

The study involves three 60 minute sessions, each of which will take place at a location and time most convenient to you. During these sessions, participants will be asked to complete social skill assessments. Participants may then be asked to participate in a fourth session which involves an interview that would take approximately 75 minutes to complete.
The parent or legal guardian of the participant as well as a teacher of the participant will also be asked to complete a social skills assessment pertaining to the participant that would take approximately 25 minutes to complete. The parent or legal guardian and the teacher may then be asked to participate in an interview on separate days that would take approximately 75 minutes each to complete.

We are seeking adolescents who:
1. have a diagnosis of Autistic Disorder or Asperger Syndrome
2. are male or female
3. are enrolled in a high school in Ontario
4. speak English as their primary language
Compensation can be provided in the form of volunteer hours.

For more information, please contact Monica Caldeira, Ph.D. Candidate, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 519-661-2111 Ext. 89245, or Dr. Alan Edmunds, Associate Professor, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 519-661-2111 Ext. 88622.

Studying the Development of Children

Graduate students at Brock University are seeking both mothers and/or fathers to participate in a study that involves research. The purpose of this study is to collect data from parents of 1-36 month year old infants with different family histories. We are interested in studying children with a variety of family histories that may or may not put them at risk for mental health problems, developmental or seizure disorders.

If you would like to participate, please email Ramona Mathew at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your contact information.

This study has been approved by the Brock University Research Ethics Board (06-109). If you have any questions regarding your rights as a participant, please contact Brock University Research Ethics Board at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 905-688-5550 ext. 4876.

For more information, please click here.

 

Research Study: Conceptualizations of Sexuality Education for Youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Purpose:
- To understand what sexuality education means for youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents
- To identify some of the supports and barriers that exist for youth and their parents with regards to sexuality education
Who should participate?
- Youth with high-functioning autism/Asperger Syndrome between the ages of 12 and 18
- Parents of youth with high-functioning autism/Asperger Syndrome between the ages of 12 and 18
What is involved?
Participate in a written survey that will take about 30 minutes to complete

For more information or to participate in this research study, please contact: Nathalie A. Gougeon This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 613-424-4631
This research has received ethics clearance from the University of Ottawa and CHEO Research Ethics Boards

Study at HollandBloorview Hospital

The Autism Research Centre at HollandBloorview Hospital is currently recruiting families who are interested in participating in a research study lead by Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou. The purpose of the study is to understand how genes affect the brain, body, and behaviour and translate this understanding into new ways to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder and associated neurodevelopmental disorders. We are looking for children between the ages of 3 – 18 years of age with a diagnosis of ASD. The study involves genetic testing, detailed assessments and questionnaires, and many other optional parts such as brain imaging, activities designed to measure anxiety, and a possible medication trial. You choose which parts of the study you are interested in. We will pay for your parking during visits, and if the participant is a high school student you can receive volunteer hours! For more information about these studies please contact Susan Day Fragiadakis at 416-425-6220 x 6518 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Naomi Sklar at 416-425-6220 x 6321 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Support and learning of handwashing

Attention: Child Participants Wanted! Boys and Girls 4-15 years of age

Being able to complete activities of daily living is an important part of a person’s independence. We have developed a computerized system that automatically prompts a child with autism spectrum disorder through the task of handwashing. It is hoped that the device will help increase independence in performing self-care activities through support and learning of handwashing, and eventually, other daily activities.

We are looking for boys and girls who would like to evaluate this new device. Interested participants will have the device installed in their home for a period of 4.5 months to try it out.
Study Time: 4.5 months / Compensation: $250
Your child qualifies for the study if s/he:

  • Is between the ages of 4-15;
  • Has an ASD clinical diagnosis;
  • Has difficulty independently completing self-care activities, specifically hand washing;
  • Has the ability to follow simple, one-step verbal instructions;
  • Does not exhibit severely aggressive behaviour.

CALL David or Jennifer at (416) 946-8573

Online research study about sensory processing in autism

 

In order to better understand how sensory processing differs between clinical conditions, including Autism and Aspergers, and how it relates to various aspects of personality and behavior, we are conducting an online research study.

We are looking for parents of children 7-17 years old and/or adults 18+ years with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Aspergers and PDD-NOS).

The study is conducted entirely online and consists of a series of questionnaires about yourself/your child. This study is completely anonymous and has no bearing on any treatment you or your child may currently be receiving. You can complete all the questionnaires at once or a little at a time, and even completing just a few of the questionnaires would be very valuable.

The information we collect could be useful to further understand the causes of sensory dysfunctions, leading to better therapies to improve the lives of children and families who are affected. Your help would be very much appreciated!

For more information and to participate in this study, go to http://sensorystudy.weebly.com/

Brain Imaging Study at SickKids

We are looking for children ages 7 to 11 years of age with ASD to participate as volunteers in a research study investigating brain development. Volunteers will complete cognition tasks while in the MRI and the MEG, the type of scanners that do not involve any radiation. The study is looking at how the brain works when children are using their working memory. To see how this changes across age, we would like you to come back in two years.
As a thank-you for their time, participants will receive a small gift and pictures of their brain from the MRI scan.
For more information, please contact Rina Goukon at 416 813-7654x1496 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you for your interest!

Research on Family's Use of PECS

Dr. Rosemary Condillac, a psychologist and professor, from the Centre for Applied Disability Studies at Brock University and her MA student, Danielle Pessah, are conducting a study to investigate the factors that help or hinder the implementation of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) by parents of children with a Developmental Disability (DD) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically we are looking for parents who have received consultation on the use of PECS from a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). Often SLPs recommend strategies to parents/caregivers to implement PECS, and parents are required to implement the communication strategies on their own. Some parents and SLPs tell us that this can be difficult and that there might be ways to improve the process. We are hoping to learn more about these issues by hosting some focus groups for parents and some focus groups for SLPs. The focus groups will be located in the GTA in February and March of 2012. Parents/caregivers will receive $50.00 for compensation to attend the group. If you would like more information please contact Dr. Condillac by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Danielle Pessah ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Our toll free phone number is 1-877-688-8131.

Wisdom & Identity of People with Autism and their Relations to Quality of Life: A Cross-Cultural study

Overview: This study will explore the wisdom and identity of individuals with high-functioning autism/Asperger Syndrome and their quality of life.

Participants: Males over 16 years of age diagnosed with high functioning autism/Asperger syndrome

What does participation involve? Interviews will be conducted in the participants' native language. Each participant will meet with the experimenter for one session lasting about 45-90 minutes and will be asked a few questions about their own lives, the best decisions they have made in their lives, and ideal exemplars of wisdom. The study will also use standardized measures of wisdom and aspects of identity and well-being.

Confidentiality: Participants' names will be kept secret; only pseudo names will be used.

Token of appreciation: The participants will receive a $20 gift certificate as a token of appreciation for participating in the study.

Contact: Aftab Khan (Human Development & Applied Psychology-OISE, University of Toronto)
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 416-880-6216

Parent opinions on autism intervention requested

Washington State University is conducting research to discover what parents of children with autism think about a type of autism intervention called video modeling.

Video modeling is an autism intervention that uses video recordings and display equipment (e.g., television, computer monitors, iPads, smart phones, portable DVD players, etc.) to provide a visual model of a targeted behavior or skill.

We are currently conducting a survey to assess the knowledge and attitudes about this intervention. The survey consists of 31 questions and should take 10-20 minutes to complete. Responses will be kept confidential and only be used for academic research. If you are interested in completing the survey, please click here.
If you have any questions, please send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , you will receive a response within 48 hours.
Contact: Teresa Cardon, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, Amanda Smith-Treadwell, Washington State University
*This survey has been reviewed by Washington State University's Institutional Review Board, as study #11920.

Emotional Processing and Behavioural Control Study at theFunctional Neuroimaging Lab, SickKids

This study will investigate developmental patterns of brain activation during emotional processing and behavioural control in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). MEG (magnetoencephalography), a silent brain scanner, will be used to examine brain activation while participants perform a simple computer task.
We are looking for:
1. Children between 7-10 years old who have no known metal in their bodies with (a) normal school and medical histories OR (b) diagnosed with ASD.
2. Teenagers between 12-17 years old who have no known metal in their bodies with (a) normal school and medical histories OR (b) diagnosed with ASD.
All participants will undergo neuropsychological and neuroimaging testing and will receive a gift for participating, volunteer hours, as well as pictures of their brains.
Contact name: Rachel Leung Telephone: 416-813-7654 ext. 4299
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Exploring the Challenges and Successes of Including Children with ASD in Mainstream Classes

Dr. Sally Lindsay is conducting a study to explore the specific experiences that educators encounter in teaching children with ASD within mainstream classes. The research will help to identify successful practices as well as gaps around the inclusion of children with ASD in mainstream classrooms. Participants are invited to take part in a 30 to 45 minute research interview at a time and location that is convenient to them. Recruited teachers and education assistant must have at least 2 years of teaching experience in a mainstream (integrated class); currently teach an integrated class within the Toronto District School Board; and have experience teaching a student with ASD within an integrated class. The results will be used to inform the development of teacher training and disability awareness programs.

If you are interested in participating or would like to have more information about the study, please contact

Sally Lindsay, PhD, Scientist
Room 4W260, Bloorview Research Institute,
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Road, Toronto Ontario M4G 1R8
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 416 425 6220 ext. 3654

Communication differences among Canadian children diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome

Dr. Steven Shaw's Connections Lab at McGill University is conducting a study that examines communication differences among Canadian children diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. Our anonymous, online survey takes less than 20 minutes to complete. Once complete, you have the option of receiving not only the results of the study, but also your child's individual results on the Developmental Profile 3 sub-tests completed. This is useful for understanding your child's strengths and weaknesses in their communication and cognitive abilities as well as their adaptive skills. For more information and to begin the survey, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NDXG89S
Or e-mail the investigator, Jessica Ganten, for additional information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Parental reports on pain expression by children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

Parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder are needed as volunteers to participate in a research study investigating how their children recognize pain in others and how they express pain.

Volunteers will participate in an interview study where they will be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires.
Volunteers can be interviewed in person at Bloorview, SickKids, or over the phone.

We need volunteers who:
Have a child (3 years - 18years) diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
This study will take up to 1.5 hours.

Participants will be compensated for their time.
For more information, please contact Emma Duerden at 416 813-7654
ext.2479 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

York University Research on Parent Stress, Coping, and Resources

Seeking parents and caregivers who have one or more children of any age who are:

  • Deaf
  • Hearing with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Parents and caregivers will be asked to complete six questionnaires that examine their child's language and behaviour, as well as their perspectives on the services and education that have been received. Parents and caregivers will also be asked questions that explore their experiences as parents. These questionnaires will take approximately an hour to complete. Information about your child's communication skills will be provided to you based on one of the questionnaires.

Parents and caregivers can contact the primary investigator, Gayle Goldstein by calling (416) 650-8495 or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . They can also obtain more information about the study at https://bebko.apps01.yorku.ca/clp/ and click on the study titled "Deafness and Autism"

SickKids is looking for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders for research study

A team of researchers is seeking children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders who have recently been hospitalized. We want to hear about their experiences of hospital care, as well as the experiences of their parents and health-care providers.
Who is eligible to participate?
1. Children/teens who:

  • have been diagnosed with any form of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • are between 6 and 18 years of age
  • have been hospitalized for at least two days within the last three months at either SickKids in Toronto or the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton.
  • are able to communicate verbally or have some means of verbal communication

2. The parents and/or caregivers of these children/teens
3. Paediatric nurses, physicians or other health-care staff

who provided care to the children/teens in the hospital What will you be asked to do?
Take part in an hour-long interview
Parents will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire
To volunteer or for more information, contact Priscilla Burnham Riosa at 416-813-5885 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Download the flyer in PDF

Study of Parenting Strategies

Researchers from the Centre for Applied Disability Studies at Brock University invite parents of children between the ages of 2 to 7 years old to participate in a research study of parenting strategies. The purpose is to examine how parents handle child problem behaviours and how confident they may feel. Parents will be asked to complete two questionnaires that will take approximately one hour.

The questionnaires may be returned by mail or by email.

Parents would be eligible to participate if they have a child who is between 2 and 7 years old and has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or has a developmental delay (for any reason), or is typically developing.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information about this study, please contact one of the following researchers:
Olivia Ng: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Prof. Feldman (Principal Investigator): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Prof. McNamara (Co-Investigator): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
A summary of results will be provided to parents after the study has been completed.
Thank you for your interest!

Study of Children with Autism and Regression

What is the study about?
This study aims to identify and increase our understanding of young children with autism who have had a loss (regression) in language and/or social communication skills. Research has shown that some people with autism have abnormalities in their cells that fight off infection (immune system), and when these cells are overactive they can cause injury to other cells in the body (overactive immune system). Research has also shown that some people with autism have an increase in the production of oxygen molecules that can damage cells and impair their function (oxidative stress). We want to see if regression in children with autism is related to signs of an overactive immune system and/or oxidative stress, and we will compare toddlers with autism and regression to toddlers with autism and no history of regression.

Who can participate?
• Young children aged 18-36 months
• Must have a loss of language and/or social communication skills in the past 6 months
• The skills must have been present for at least 1 month prior to the loss and lost for at least 1 month
• Your child will be assessed and must meet criteria for autism to participate in the study

What are examples of skills my child may have lost?
• Had 2 words or more, used daily and spontaneously, other than "mama" or "dada"
• Responded to name when called
• Smiled in response to others smiling at him/her
• Pointed at an interesting object
• Had eye contact when interacting
• Waved "bye bye" on their own when someone left
• Showed things by extending their arm

What does the study involve?
If you are interested, you will be contacted by the research coordinator for a telephone interview to see if your child can be in the study. If your child is eligible, you will be invited for an assessment at the Autism Treatment Network site which will include a review of your child's medical history and development, as well as some tests to observe your child's social communication skills as well as thinking and problem solving abilities. Routine medical tests including blood and urine tests will be completed to screen for a metabolic disorder (abnormalities in chemical reactions within the cells of the body). The blood will also be tested for signs of an overactive immune system and oxidative stress. Results of the research testing will only be reported to you if a medical disorder is suspected and further testing is needed.

What are the risks and benefits of participating?
Your child will receive thorough medical testing through clinical blood and urine testing that will be screened for possible metabolic and inflammatory disorders that may contribute to your child's developmental problems. In addition, your child will receive an assessment of early learning. We will require an additional 1 teaspoon of blood to help us understand if an overactive immune system or oxidative stress is related to regression in children with autism.

Please feel free to contact Melanie Fenwick at 416 925 5141 x 2527 for more information.

This study is part of the Autism Intervention Research Network-Physical (AIR-P) and the Autism Treatment Network, and is funded by a grant from HRSA (the Health and Services Administration
of the US Department of Health and Human Services).


Oxytocin Study

A research study entitled Intranasal Oxytocin for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is currently in the beginning phases at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital by Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou. The primary purpose of this study is to examine whether OXT is effective in treating social cognition deficits, social functioning and repetitive behaviors in children and adolescents with ASD. We will be conducting a multi-year study, the first phase of which will be a dose-finding study to determine the best dose of oxytocin in adolescents. Fifteen children and adolescents, ages 12-17, with a diagnosis of autistic disorder or Asperger syndrome will be enrolled in a 12-week open-label trial. The second phase will compare intranasal oxytocin vs. placebo in the treatment of autism. Twenty six children and adolescents, ages 12-17, with a diagnosis of autistic disorder or Asperger syndrome will be enrolled to a 12-week randomized placebo controlled trial.

Currently research on the affects of OXT on the core symptoms of autism is very preliminary and more research is needed in this area in order to determine the affects of OXT on the social and repetitive behavior deficits associated with ASD as well as the safety of taking OXT. At this time using OXT to treat some of the core symptoms of autism is only experimental. However it is possible to obtain a prescription from your physician and order intranasal OXT from drug companies in Europe. Currently it is not available in Canada.

If you are interested in participating in this study please contact Lisa Genore, 416-425-6220 ext. 6443, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors in School-Age Children with High Functioning Autism

Does your child engage in one or more of the following?
- frequent cleaning or washing
- repeatedly asking for reassurance
- engaging in daily rituals (e.g.,checking the weather)
- counting or checking things
- a need to rearrange or have things "just so"
- a need to complete daily activities, play activities, or schoolwork in a certain way
- resistant to throw things away even if they are no longer of use

These are just a few examples of Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors. Approximately 1 in 5 children with Autism have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Children often become distressed if they are not able to perform these behaviors. They can impede quality of life for children and their families. Therefore, it is important to treat them as early as possible.

If any of the above behaviors sound familiar, your child may have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and be eligible for Group Cognitive-Behavior Therapy at no cost!
The Behavioral Autism Research Team at Brock University is currently recruiting children between 7 and 12 years of age with a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Asperger's Syndrome (AS) for a research study.

If you are interested in learning more about the study, please contact Dr. Tricia Vause at 905-688-5550 ext. 3559, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
For more information, please click here.


Understanding Autism Project

We are researchers at Columbia University's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy studying autism. We are currently collecting life stories from parents about their experiences in recognizing their child's autism, seeking professional help and navigating the system of services.

The goal of this project is to gain a better understanding of the road to diagnosis. Parents have different experiences and observations of their child's development and they have different personal resources with which they access care and services. Parents also differ in the type and extent of their support networks and social relations. And finally parents make different decisions in their quest for obtaining the right diagnosis and care for their child. We are eager to hear about how these factors affected your experience and your child's experience with autism.

We are collecting stories though an online semi-structured survey at our website: www.understandingautism.columbia.edu.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to read through this invitation and for your consideration. Please feel free to contact us via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions that you may have. Please be assured that we will not share your story with anyone other than authorized members of our research team. No one else will have access to it.

Sincerely,
Peter Bearman, Principal Investigator
Cole Professor of the Social Sciences


Family Study on Healthcare Services of Teens and Adults with ASD

Researchers from the Dual Diagnosis Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are looking for parents of teens (16+) and adults with ASD. Our current project examines the types of health services used by adolescents and adults with ASD and the related experiences of family members (namely parents) who provide care to these individuals. Parents will be asked to fill out an initial background questionnaire. Parents will also be contacted on a bi-monthly basis for one year to better understand the types and frequency of healthcare services used for that period as well as their satisfaction with those services. Parents will be able to complete these surveys online, by mail or over the phone. Our goal is to be able to improve health services for this population.
Researchers: Dr. Yona Lunsky, Dr. Jonathan Weiss, Dr. Elspeth Bradley,
Dr. Anna Palucka and Dr. David Flora.
For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact Maggie Slusarczyk at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 416-535-8501 ext 7806.


Examining the Lives of Kids with Severe Developmental Disabilities and their Families

The Great Outcomes for Kids Impacted by Severe Developmental Disabilities project – GO4KIDDS – is a university based research study examining the health, wellbeing and social inclusion of kids with severe developmental disabilities (DD) and the experiences of their families. We are conducting a series of research projects including surveys, interviews, direct observation and case studies.

There are currently two Surveys (a Basic Survey and an Extended Survey) intended for parents of children who have a severe DD. By severe DD, we mean children with an intellectual/developmental disability in the moderate, severe, or profound range. Children may also have been described as having a global developmental delay, developmental handicap, or mental retardation. The survey is not for children with Asperger's or other high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disabilities, or mild or borderline developmental delays. The age range we are studying is school-aged children (approximately age 6 to 18). Both Surveys are available in print or online. If you would like to participate, you can find the Surveys at the following links: GO4KIDDS Basic Survey and GO4KIDDS Extended Survey, or you can also contact us by phone or email to request a paper copy.

Participants who complete both Surveys are eligible to receive an honorarium of $50.
Researchers: Dr. Adrienne Perry, Dr. James Bebko, Dr. Patricia Minnes & Dr. Jonathan Weiss
For more information on the study and for other opportunities for participation, please contact us at 416-736-5662 or toll free at 1-877-233-4337. You can also email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit us on our website, www.go4kidds.ca

Development of Precursory Language Skills, Non-Verbal Communication Skills and Joint Attention for Children with Autism Disorder: A longitudinal Prospective Approach

McGill University's Resilience, Paediatric Psychology, and Neurogenetic Connections team is looking for families with children diagnosed with autism disorder 3-8 years of age. The goal of the study is to help understand the nature of language disorder and nonverbal communication in children with autism. Participation can be completed from the comfort of your own home and involves filling out questionnaires and engaging in play activities with your child. For more information please contact, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (514) 398-5833.


Assessing Treatment Outcomes for Intensive Interventions in Autism

This study is evaluating the effectiveness of Developmental Individualized Relationships-based therapy (DIR)/Floortime for children with autism aged 2-4 years. This therapy will be provided to you for one year at no cost as part of the study. Your child's progress will be evaluated while receiving treatment.
Contact: 416-736-2100 X. 20401 OR www.mehri.ca/intervention