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Participate in University of Windsor research: Parents of children with ASD needed for research study

October 25, 2019

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ASD is one of the most common developmental disabilities in Canada. For children with ASD, social skills may present a significant obstacle for participation in activities of daily life; however, little is known about participation patterns in social activities. It is believed that motor skill development may contribute to challenges with social skills; nevertheless, the link between social and motor skills is not fully understood.

You are invited to participate in a study that aims to develop new knowledge of social challenges faced by children with ASD, and the impact on participation patterns in social activities.

For parent(s)/guardian(s) of children with ASD: Participation will involve 1 session (approximately 60 minutes) at the University of Windsor OR the researcher can visit your home. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be asked to complete 4 questionnaires to measure traits associated with ASD, perceptions of children’s movement, social behaviour, and participation in everyday activities. This study also includes an optional movement assessment, where children will be asked to perform a series of tasks (e.g., drawing, moving pegs, walking) like those performed at school and in a physical education class. This assessment will be completed 1-on-1 with the researcher and can be completed while the parent(s)/guardian(s) complete the questionnaires. Agreement to participate in the questionnaire-based portion of the research project does not mean your child has to participate in the movement assessment. Your choice to participate will not influence dealings with the researcher. As a thank you, remuneration will be provided in the form of a gift card.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Sara Scharoun Benson
Department of Kinesiology
Human Kinetics Building, Rm. 123
519-253-3000 ext. 4994

This project has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the University of Windsor Ethics Board (REB #: 18-127) and is funded by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC #430-2018-1034, ORIS #34795). This project and tests being administered are research-related only; therefore, the researcher will not provide interpretation of the instruments or individual results.

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