My name is Aislind Syrotuik, a Ryerson University BA student in Child and Youth Care conducting a research study in order to explore the current supports and strategies used by non-for profit agencies for children with ASD with aggressive behaviours. Agencies were selected using a convenience sample, which includes; Geneva Centre for Autism, Surrey Place, and Bartimaeus. Your agency was selected because you are a valuable service provider in the field of autism.
The purpose of the study is to explore the current supports and strategies used to assist front-line workers to prevent or intervene in behaviour in a safe and proactive manner. Thus, this research project intends to answer; what strategies do non-profit agencies in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have to support children ages 2-14 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that demonstrate aggressive behaviours.
The survey will take approximately 20 minutes and will be available for you to complete between February 2, 2015 to February 25th, 2015. The consent process will be outline at the introduction of the survey and the first question participants answer before starting the online survey will provide consent. Participants will be informed about the right to withdraw voluntarily from participation or parts of participation stated in the consent. If participants decide to withdraw participation during this process, data collected will not be used and will be deleted from the study without any penalty or consequence. Participants can withdrawal from the study until February 25th, 2015. Data collected will be stored in the researcher’s computer, password protected and deactivated by April 30, 2015.
The potential benefits from this research are to discover supports and strategies that non-for-profit agencies are currently using, in order to support children with ASD that demonstrate aggressive behaviour. Receiving feedback from frontline workers, behaviour consultants, supervisors and occupational therapist will reflect if current strategies being used are effective and if there is gap in service. The results from the survey can reflect if agencies within GTA need more resources to support their staff while implementing behavioural interventions.