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Studies with Adults



An Intervention for Parents and their Teens/Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger Syndrome

Are you feeling stressed out and looking for support? We are providing group therapy free of charge to adolescents and young adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD)/Asperger Syndrome and their parents at York University. This intervention helps family use mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy techniques to relate to each other in a new way. Research has shown that mindfulness helps improve attention and focus, as well as reduce stress and improve quality of life. We are conducting research to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention, and all participants will need to participate in the research in order to participate in the group therapy. We are currently looking for adolescents and young adults between ages 14-21 with HFASD/Asperger Syndrome and their parent(s) to participate in our study. Individuals with ASD must have at least average intelligence and verbal skills, and must be able to participate in a group with others with ASD and their parents.

If you would like more information about the intervention and the research, please contact Sandra Salem at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Brain Imaging and Stimulation Study in ASD at CAMH

A study for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (including Asperger’s, Autism, ASD, or PDD-NOS) who are 16-25 years old to explore repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) as a potential treatment for executive function (thinking) problems in autism spectrum disorder and its effects on brain structure and function. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at (416) 535-8501 x 30217

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Voices of Youth

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A Project About Friendship And Important Relationships In Your Life
- Are you between 13 and 24 years old?
- Do you have an intellectual or developmental disability?
- Do you live in Toronto or Hamilton?
- Are willing to be video-taped/do you like making videos?
- Do you want to share your experiences of friends and other important people in your life, and activities you do in your community?
If yes, you could get involved in a research project! People who communicate in any way are invited to take part.
Interested? Please contact SHAUNA at 416 978-1257 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at voicesofyouthresearch.com


Maternal Experience of Raising a Child with a Developmental Disability

Who is doing this study?
Nidhi Luthra, a PhD student in the Psychology program at York University along with her supervisor Dr. Adrienne Perry, is conducting this study across Ontario.
Goal of the study: To understand the experience of South Asian Immigrant and Canadian mothers raising a child with a DD, in order to identify better ways of supporting mothers.
Participants needed: We are looking for mothers of children with a developmental disability (e.g., ASD, autism, PDD-NOS, Global Developmental Delay, Down's Syndrome, FASD, physical disability etc.):

  • Child is 5-21 years old
  • Diagnosed atleast 2 years ago
  • Mother is a
    • South Asian Immigrant (from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Nepal or Afghanistan)
      OR
    • Canadian born (mother is born and raised in Canada; family could be originally from a different country, and mother could identify as Canadian and another culture, excepting South Asian)

What is involved?

  • All participants need to complete a questionnaire. This can be done online OR in a paper pencil format.
    • To complete the questionnaire in paper pencil format:
      • Call 416-736-2100 ext 40266 and ask for Nidhi Luthra.
      • Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
      To complete the questionnaire online (30-45mins):

Honorarium: All participants will be offered an honorarium of $35.
Contact information: If you have any questions, please contact Nidhi Luthra. Call 416-736-2100 ext 40266 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Intranasal Oxytocin for the Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou
Purpose: This is a study investigating whether Intranasal Oxytocin (Syntocinon®) helps to improve symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically social functioning (e.g. learning how to talk to others, making friends) and repetitive behaviours.
Who: 10 years to 17 years of age with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD, autism, PDD-NOS, or Asperger’s syndrome)
What: 24 Week (6 Month) clinical trial intervention study, which involves taking a nasal spray every day for three months, with a follow up visit three months later.
You and your child will first be asked to come in for a screening session; through talking with you and completing some assessments we will determine if your child meets eligibility criteria. If your child meets criteria, then you will then receive either Oxytocin (Syntocinon®) or placebo. Visits will take place every two weeks while your child is taking the drug or placebo.
This study also has an optional continuation part, which means that if you were given placebo, you will be able to take Oxytocin (Syntocinon®) at the end of the six months. The same tests and procedures will be followed that were followed during the main study.
Where: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Recruitment: For more information about this study and to see if you’re eligible, please contact:
Naomi Peleg: 416-425-6220 x 3456, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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/


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.


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)
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Phone: 416-880-6216


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.
3. Adults who have no known metal in their bodies with with (a) normal 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. 304299
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The Impact of Individuals with Special Needs on their Typically-Developing Siblings over a Lifetime

We are trying to gain insight into the experience of being an adult sibling of a person with special needs. We hope that you will consider participating in our study by clicking on this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Adult-Sibling-Survey . It is our hope that by surveying numerous adults (18 years or older) that have a sibling with special needs, we will be able to develop a deeper understanding of this relationship in an effort to help as many people as possible.

Researchers: Morgan Blueglass, Elyse Blueglass, Amanda Buona
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Supervisor: Anne Kaiser, Vanderbilt University

To participate in the survey, please click on this link:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Adult-Sibling-Survey

Adults Count! A Survey on Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ontario.

Adults Count LogoResearchers: Kevin Stoddart, Lillian Burke, Barbara Muskat, Jason Manett, Claudia Accardi, Sarah Duhaime And Robert King The Redpath Centre And University Of Toronto

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It has been two decades since there has been a provincial survey on adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ontario. Since the 1990s, there have been major changes to the population of adults that are identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Many adults seen in clinical practice report that their ASD and related symptoms provide challenges that are not addressed.

Adults Count! is a province-wide survey that will provide important information of the profiles and needs of youth and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

To receive information about Adults Count! or to participate in this survey, contact us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 416-920-4999 x 0165 or www.redpathcentre.ca