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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.

Camp 2018 Registration is now open!

Camp Registration for SFU Camp 2018 is now open!


Registration for children WITHOUT ASD (July 14th, 2018)

 

Registration for children WITH ASD (July 21st, 2018):

Please use the above links to register your child for the camp. You must register each child individually. Please email addl@sfu.ca if you have any questions about registration!

Our 7th annual SFU Social Science Camp is a FREE, fun, and educational camp for children!  The camp offers a mix of social games and an opportunity to participate in research using fun activities. This year’s theme is "Emoji's: Expressing Emotions" and all children will receive a SFU Social Science Camp T-shirt!

Further information about the camp:

1. The camp for children without ASD will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 9am- 3pm.  The camp for children with ASD will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 9am- 3pm.

2. Part of the camp involves your child participating in a research study. The research study requires minimal participation; the majority of the day is devoted to fun crafts and interactive game activities. During the study, your child will be asked to play a series of fun computer games, word games, puzzles, etc.  Your child will be given the option to participate and he or she can chose to withdraw from the study at any time. Parents will receive a summary of the results once the study is finished so you can benefit from the information we have learned. Parents/ caregivers will be required to submit the required consent forms and questionnaires before the camp starts.  Please note that for ethical reasons, we can only provide group results (children without ASD and children with ASD) and not individual test scores.  All data collected is kept confidential and is for research purposes only.

Identifying Mental Health and Obesity Related Risk Factors in ASD - July 21, 2018 - 10am-12pm

With the support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (UBC), the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (SFU) will be co-hosting a FREE event for BC Children’s research trainees, clinicians, professionals, parents who have a child with ASD, and other family members. The goal is to discuss mental health and obesity related risk factors among families of individuals with ASD. Our panel will include researchers and clinician experts on ASD, mental health, obesity prevention/ physical activity, as well as family members to a child with ASD to provide their perspectives. 

Please join us and bring your questions, ideas, and comments to what is sure to be a lively discussion!

Panelists:
Dr. Grace Iarocci, Professor of Psychology and Director of the ADDL, SFU
Dr. Tim Oberlander, Professor of Department of Pediatrics, UBC
Dr. Louise Masse, Professor of School of Population and Public Health, UBC
 
Moderator:
Dr. Sarah Hutchison, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

7th Annual SFU Social Science Camp Sign Up - Children without ASD

Thank you for your interest in the 7th Annual SFU Social Science Camp for children ages 7-12! This event will be conducted on July 14, 2018 for children without ASD. The camp will run from 9 am to 3 pm. Please complete the following questions to begin the registration process.

If you are registering more than one child for the camp, please submit a registration form for each child.

If you have any questions regarding the camp, please email addl@sfu.ca.

NOTE: Space in this camp is limited. It is imperative that you let us know in advance if your child is no longer able to make it to the camp, as this will allow us to ensure that other children are not missing out due to lack of space.

7th Annual SFU Social Science Camp Sign Up - Children with ASD

Thank you for your interest in the 7th Annual SFU Social Science Camp for children ages 7-12! This event will be conducted on July 21, 2018 for children with ASD. The camp will run from 9 am to 3 pm. Please complete the following questions to begin the camp registration process.

If you are registering more than one child for the camp, please submit a registration form for each child

If you have any questions regarding the camp, please email addl@sfu.ca.

NOTE: Space in this camp is limited. It is imperative that you let us know in advance if your child is no longer able to make it to the camp, as this will allow us to ensure that other children are not missing out due to lack of space.

Social Thinking and Perspective-Taking in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Posted on behalf of Michelle Hunsche of the Lifespan Cognition Lab at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

My name is Michelle Hunsche and I am recently-graduated Psychology student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I am currently completing a follow-up project to my Honor’s thesis under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Bernstein. I am writing to you today to invite you to participate in our research study on social thinking and perspective-taking ability in children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The study will be looking at how children with ASD and FASD differ in their ability to make social judgments and decisions, and in their ability to take the perspective of others.

Families who are interested in being involved have the option of participating at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus or in the comfort of their own homes. If you decide to participate in this study, you will complete a several brief social skills and demographics questionnaires regarding your child’s age, diagnosis, and behaviour in various social situations. While you complete these questionnaires, a trained research assistant will take your child through a series of games designed to be fun and engaging for children of all ages and abilities. The study takes about an hour to an hour and a half for each child to complete (with time for breaks). Parents/guardians will receive $30 for each child that participates as a thank-you for their time, and children also get a little treat for participating. Our hope is to use the results of this study to inform current practices and programs that can lead to happier and healthier lives for children with ASD and FASD. This project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's Partnership Engage Grant, a one-year grant that will support the project until December 2018.

If you would like to participate in this study or have any questions, you can give us a call at 604-599-2162 or send us an email at lifespancognition@kpu.ca.

Thank you very much for your time!

Sincerely,
Michelle Hunsche

Gender Differences in Self-Perception Competence in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted on the behalf of Laura Vandervoot from Queen's University.

My name is Laura Vandervoort and I am an undergraduate student in the psychology department at Queen’s University. I am currently completing my fourth-year research project under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Kelley. I am writing to you today to invite you to participate in my research study on gender differences in self-perception competencies in youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The study will be looking at how males and females with ASD differ in their ability to accurately perceive their academic abilities.

If you decide to participate in this study, you will complete a brief history and demographics questionnaire regarding your child’s age, diagnosis, and current level of academic functioning in Mathematics and English, as well as a Social Communication Questionnaire. In total, the completion of these questionnaires should take no longer than approximately 10 minutes. If your child is between the ages of 9 and 18, s/he will also be asked to participate in this study by completing a pre-performance rating of how they think they will perform on the tasks, 10 English tasks at varying degrees of difficulty, 10 mathematics calculations at varying degrees of difficulty, and a post-performance rating indicating how many questions they think they answered correctly. This should take approximately 30 minutes for your child to complete. All information that has the potential to identify you (e.g. name, email) will be removed from your data prior to the researcher receiving them. The data will be stored anonymously in a password protected computer. The only people who will have access to the data are myself and my supervisor Dr. Kelley. The data from all participating families will be combined and analyzed. The findings will be used in my honours thesis, a written document that will be completed and presented at the end of this academic year. If you choose to take part in the survey you will be entered into a draw to win a $10 Best Buy Gift Certificate, individuals will have a 1 in 8 chance of winning. 

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you would like to participate, you may access the questionnaire package by clicking on the link below.
https://queensu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Z6LaQGnDZue4PH

If you have any questions about the study, please feel free to contact me at 13lkv@queensu.ca 

Thank you very much for your time.

Sincerely,
Laura Vandervoort

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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