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Welcome

We are the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Psychology. Under the direction of Dr. Grace Iarocci, we conduct research on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and other Developmental Disabilities.

Please feel free to explore our webpage for news, publications, and opportunities to participate in research.

How Do Children Learn From Others?

Principal Investigator: Hilary Aime

Do you have a child between the ages of 7 and 12 years old? The Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab is currently looking for parents and their children (both with and without autism) to complete a fun, 30-minute online study! This study involves answering a few brief questions and then video-recording you and your child learning how to make some origami figures together. Everyone who completes this study is entered in a draw to win a new Apple iPad, with a 1 in 50 chance to win! If you have more than one child between the ages of 7 and 12, you can participate with each child separately and be entered into the draw for each child!

If you’d like to complete the study, please follow this link: https://sfufas.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e5IjhUOUZQoIMcd
 

Parent Survey on Sound Sensitivity

Principal Investigator: Dr. Elina Birmingham

Are you a parent to an individual with ASD? Does your son or daughter (any age) experience issues with sound sensitivity that impacts their daily life? We want to hear from you! We are surveying parents about their child’s experiences dealing with sound sensitivity. The survey will take under 30 minutes to complete (approx 15-20 min). As a thank-you for your time you will be given the option of being entered in a draw to win a $100 gift card to Amazon.ca.


To complete the survey please visit this URL (you may need to copy and paste it into your browser):

https://websurvey.sfu.ca/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WebSurvey.woa/wa/survey?2837...

For questions or to learn more, email [ mailto:ebirming@sfu.ca | ebirming@sfu.ca

Active and Safe Play: Having fun while staying safe - July 15, 2017 1pm-3pm

Dr. Lise Olsen, Registered Nurse and Associate Professor at UBC Okanagan, promotes healthy and safe child development within a family and community context. She focuses on child injury prevention, promotion of physical activity for children and families, and understanding the experiences of parents who have a child living with a chronic condition or disability.  A main focus is on the needs of families who have a child living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Crystal Shannon completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Thompson Rivers University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna. Since 2009, she has worked with Kamloops Infant Development Society helping families and their children birth to three years old who are at risk for or suffer from developmental delays. Crystal has a background in public health nursing and values a family-centred approach in her work. Crystal is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, a Circle of Security Parenting Trainer, and is also a Child Passenger Safety Educator.

Mission Statement

The director, students, and staff of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab are committed to maximizing the quality of life and social development for children with and without developmental disabilities. We believe in the full inclusion of all children in society. We believe that research is needed to achieve this ideal of inclusion.

Our research focuses on how children learn to act appropriately in social situations and how families and communities can support the development of social competence. We recognize the significant challenges to social inclusion faced by children with developmental disabilities such as ASD and Down syndrome and our research is designed to produce information to address these challenges through better awareness, understanding, and teaching strategies.

The research at ADDL has been funded by the Canadian Tri-Councils (SSHRC, CIHR, & NSERC), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Human Early Partnership, and the Laurel Foundation.

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