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Parents Empowering Neurodiverse Kids – Strongest Families Neurodevelopmental Study

The purpose of this study is to test two versions of an online parenting program for parents of children diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disability who also experience disruptive behaviours. The “Parents Empowering Neurodiverse Kids” program consists of 11 learning modules, an online Parent-to-Parent support group and links to disability resource information. One version of the program has weekly telephone coaching; one version is self-guided (no coaching).

Patrick McGrath, IWK Health Centre
Lucyna Lach, McGill University

Who can participate:
Parents/caregivers of children aged 3-14 years diagnosed with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and living in Canada will be recruited into the study. Diagnoses may include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Global Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, severe learning disability or any other diagnosis that influences how a child gets around, communicates their ideas, processes what they hear, or remembers things.

What’s involved:
Eligible parents are randomly placed into one of three study groups: 1) completing the coached program 2) completing the self-guided program or 3) receiving links to online information* about childhood disabilities. Parents answer questionnaires 3 times during the 10 month study period. *Parents assigned to the information group will receive access to the Self-Guided program and the online Parent-to-Parent support group at the end of their study participation.

Participants will receive $50 (gift card or cheque) each time they complete the online questionnaires (up to $150).

Interested in participating: If you are interested in participating or have any questions about this study, please email  or visit  Apply to the study:

November 2020

Posted: July 2019

NK1 Antagonists for Pathological Aggression: A Protocol for the Aprepitant for Harmful, Impulsive, and Self-/Aggressive Behavior (AHIMSA-1) Trial

Summary: AHIMSA-1 is a study investigating the benefit of a medication called aprepitant in reducing the frequency and intensity of aggression. Aprepitant is a FDA and Health Canada approved medication that blocks the action of NK1 receptors in the brain. These receptors have been found to mediate aggression. Preliminary results have yielded marked reduction of aggression in participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder, without the usual side-effects seen with anti-psychotics use. According to large clinical trials, aprepitant has no statistically significant side-effects.

Researchers: Jack Sheen, Dr. Jonathan Downar

Who can participate: Participants with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and frequent outbursts of aggression. Between the ages of 12-65 years.

What’s involved: Four study visits to Toronto Western Hospital, each around 1 to 1.5 hours in length. Study medication dosage is aprepitant 125mg twice a day.

Compensation:$160 upon completion of the study

Interested in participating: If you are interested in participating or have any questions about this study, please email

Posted: July 2019

How People with ASD Experience and Understand Online Gaming as a Communication Learning Platform

Summary: The purpose of this study is to explore the influence of online gaming on strengthening communication skills for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study will have people with ASD express and contribute their ideas of what they would like in an online game and how they believe an online game can be utilized to become a fundamental communication learning tool for people on the autism spectrum.

Researchers: Gaylyne Archibald (Athabasca University).

Who can participate:High functioning adults (aged 19+) within autism spectrum (ASD) who would like to play a commercial online video game and then be able to make their own decisions about the online game.

What’s involved: Participation involves playing a commercial multiplayer online game and then completing an interview via Skype which should take 15-30 minutes. All participation is completely voluntary. Time to play the online game will depend on how much time the participant chooses to play the online game.  

Interested in participating: If you are interested in participating or have any questions about this study, please email the head researcher, Gaylyne Archibald at email

Survey closes: Recruitment will be ongoing until 5-10 participants are identified.

Posted: May 2019

Technokids: Exploring Daily Electronic Media Use of Children With and Without Autism.

Summary:Researchers at the University of Windsor are interested in learning about your child’s electronic/digital media activities like watching Netflix or surfing the Internet and their use of different media devices like computers and smartphones in an online survey. Patterns of media use observed between children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and children without any mental health diagnoses will be examined to understand how their electronic media use might be similar or different.

Researchers: Eric Gilliland (Master’s Candidate), Dr. Kimberley Babb (Supervisor) University of Windsor

Who can participate:Parents or caregivers of one or more 4- to 11-year-old children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who have used electronic media within the last 30 days are eligible to participate.

What’s involved:This online survey will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be presented with online questionnaires that will ask you about: 1) Background information on yourself, your family, and your child; 2) Your child’s typical behaviours and degree of independence; 3) Your child’s electronic media use and daily media activities; and 4) Your strategies for monitoring and controlling your child’s media use.

Interested in participating: If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Eric Gilliland through e-mail at to recieve the link to the online study.

Posted: May 2019

The use of Digital Communication Technology for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Impact on Family Dynamics

Summary: The purpose of the research study is to survey families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from 3-8 years who use digital communication technology in their daily lives through an Online survey. The research will ask a series of questions regarding the usage of the device and the impact that it has had within the family. I am currently seeking to participate in a quick ten minute survey that will then be analyzed using descriptive statics for trends.

Researchers: Rhiannon Wood under the supervision of Dr. Monica McGylnn-Stewart, George Brown College.

Who can participate: Families with a child or children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder between the ages of 3-8 years who are currently using a digital communication device such as an iPad, iPod, or tablet for communication in the home.

What’s involved: Completing an approximately 10 min Online survey that can be found at

Interested in participating: If you are interested in participating or have any questions about the study, please email head researcher Rhiannon Wood via email:

Survey closes: Saturday February 16, 2019

Posted: January 2019

Sleep Quality in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Summary: Are you a parent of a child 4-10 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder? Has it been at least 1 year since your child received his/her Autism diagnosis from a physician/pediatrician? Tell us about your sleep! It is common for children with autism to experience sleep disturbances greater than children who are typically developing. Parents of children with autism, like yourself, may experience disturbances in your and your child’s sleep, which may impact aspects of your health and your experience in providing care for your child. Consider participating in our study!

Researchers: Samantha Micsinszki, Pamela Green, Dr. Marilyn Ballantyne, Dr. Kristin Cleverley, & Dr. Robyn Stremler.

Who can participate:Adults on the Autism Spectrum currently enrolled in a university program and who would like to participate in research.

What’s involved: You will be asked to complete an online survey that will take about 60 minutes. The survey asks questions about: you and your family, your child’s autism severity and behaviours, you and your child’s sleep, your health, including stress and depression, and your coping and support networks. If you are interested in participating in this study, you can participate directly via: Participants may choose to enter into a draw to win one of ten $100 e-gift cards. 

Interested in participating:  If you have additional questions, please contact Samantha at with your interest, and she will get back to your shortly. Contacting us does not obligate you to participate in this study. Please note, email is neither confidential nor secure and users accept this risk by agreeing to communicate via email.

Posted: January 2019

A Career Developmental Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorder

Summary: The study aims to understand the career trajectory of individuals on the autism spectrum who are enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program.

Researchers: Francesca Dansereau PhD (candidate).

Who can participate:Adults on the Autism Spectrum currently enrolled in a university program and who would like to participate in research.

What’s involved:This study takes between 1 – 1.5 hours to complete. You will be interviewed at McGill university’s research lab where you will be asked questions regarding your career trajectory. Skype, FaceTime and alternative communication methods are always available. Each participant will be compensated 10$ for their time. 

Interested in participating: If you are interested in participating or have any questions about the study, please email head researcher Francesca Dansereau at email

Posted: January 2019

Dietary Patterns and Supplement Use in Paediatric Autism

Summary: The study aims to fill gaps in the literature regarding the misinformation and health risks associated with supplement use in paediatric autism. Our research team is looking to recruit children between the ages of 4 and 18 years and their parents to complete a survey about their perceptions and use of dietary supplements.

Researchers: Dr. Jane Shearer and Dr. William (Ben) Gibbard.

Who can participate: The population studied will include children between 4 and 18 years of age who have been formally diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, regardless of previous or current supplementation use. 

What’s involved: Children with a formal diagnosis of autism between the ages of 4 and 18 years and their parents will be asked to complete a survey about their perceptions of supplements. A consent form is provided in the link: Participants will be electronically sent a $10 Chapter’s gift card.

Interested in participating: If you are interested in participating or have any questions about the study, please email the lead researcher, Contact Melanie Trudeau, if you have any questions.

Survey closes:  Recruitment will be on going until 100 responses are collected.

Posted: January 2019

Comprehensive Characterization of the Social-Behavioural Phenotypes of Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1)

Summary: NF1 is a genetic condition which has a high co-occuring rate with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are interested in exploring the similarities and differences between children with NF1 and children with ASD.

Researchers: Dr. Katia Sinopoli, Dr. Patricia Parkin, Dr. Margot Taylor, Dr. Anne Wheeler, Dr. Elysa Widjaja, Dr. Russell Schachar, Dr. Lisa Strug, Ms. Andrea Shugar.

Who can participate: Healthy children and adolescents ages 9-15 with ASD and no other medical diagnoses.

What’s involved: Participation involves a full-day visit to the Hospital for Sick Children. This visit includes approximately 4-5 hours of neuropsychological testing for the child, a one-hour MRI, and two hours of parent testing that will occur at the same time as the child is being tested.

Interested in participating: To learn more and participate, please contact Research Coordinator, Stephanie Azari, at or (416)-813-7654 ext. 204302. Participants will receive a parking voucher, a $25 meal voucher for the Sick Kids cafeteria, a movie ticket and a certificate for volunteer hours.

Posted: June 2018


The role of the eyes in face recognition: A neurocognitive assessment in autism spectrum disorder

Summary: The Face Processing and Social Cognition Lab at the University of Waterloo is recruiting adults with ASD for a study on face recognition and social functioning. 

Researcher(s): Karisa Parkington (PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo) and Dr. Roxane Itier (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo).

Who can Participate: High-functioning adults (aged 18-45) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) living in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, or surrounding areas.

What’s Involved: Participants will be asked to complete two sessions (each session lasts ~three hours) approximately one week apart. Session One includes a demographics questionnaire, a face-to-face conversation (eye movements will be recorded), a short video (eye movements will be recorded), and paper tasks. Session Two includes four computer tasks with faces or cars (eye movements will be recorded for two of these tasks), two computer tasks with faces, objects, or facial features (EEG brain wave activity will be recorded) and five questionnaires.

Interested in Participating: Please contact Karisa Parkington at or (519) 888-4567 ext. 38872. Participants will receive up to $80 cash in appreciation of their time, and those travelling from outside the Kitchener-Waterloo region will also be compensated for travel. The deadline to participate is August 2019.

Posted: March 2018


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