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Current Studies

Below you will find a list of current studies being conducted in the lab. If you would like to participate in any of the studies, please visit the Experiment Sign-Up page.

*NOTE: In April 2014 it was announced that a pilot research study involving hyperbaric chambers and individuals with ASD will be taking place at SFU. The SFU Autism and Developmental Disorder Lab (ADDL) is not involved in this research study. The hyperbaric chambers research study will be taking place in the Faculty of Science. Please contact Sherri Ferguson, director of the EMPU (sferguson@sfu.ca , 778-782-3782) if you are interested in the study.

SFU Parent and Child Study

Principal Investigators: Mandeep Gurm and Allison Brennan

What do we want to know? The overall goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of how children develop social skills for communication and interaction. Your participation is important to learning how children develop social skills.

Who are we looking for? Parents and children age 7-12 with or without Autism Spectrum Disorder.

About the study: The appointment will take place in the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus. You and your child will work together on fun and interactive games! There are multiple times available and the study takes 3 hours. As a thank you for your time and effort, you will receive $30 and parking remuneration. 
 

SFU & UBC Study on Visual Perception

Principal Investigators: Fakhri Shafai (UBC)

What do we want to know? The overall goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of how visual perception in people with ASD differ from people without ASD, and if so in what way. This research will help us identify areas of strengths and those in need of support for adults with ASD, which is a topic very much in need of study.

Who are we looking for? Adults (18+) with a diagnosis of ASD, and their parent/caregiver if they are available to attend.

About the study: The appointment will take place at the Eye Care Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. Adults with ASD will complete a brief eye exam and some computer tasks. This will take about 4-5 hours. Participants will be paid  $80 cash for their participation in the study.

 

SFU Study on Special Interests Among Children and Youth

Principal Investigator: Dr. Grace Iarocci

What do we want to know? Many children with autism are fascinated by trains.  The goal of this study is to understand how special interests develop in youth with and without autism.  We are examining how a special interest in trains from a young age influences learning about trains vs. learning about social stimuli.  For example, do children recognize trains as easily as we recognize faces?

**If your child has an intense interest in something other than trains (e.g., dinosaurs, trucks, etc.), we would love to hear from you!

Who are we looking for? Children and youth WITH and WITHOUT autism between 6-19 years of age, and their parents. We are looking both for children who have an intense interest in trains, and children who do not.

About the study:This research will take place in the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus. You will be asked to fill out questionnaires and your child will be involved in computer tasks.

 

(Online Study) Quality of life in families of children with ASD: From diagnosis to Adulthood

Principal Investigator: Dr. Grace Iarocci

What do we want to know? The overall goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of how family quality of life may change across the lifespan of individuals with autism, and to identify the domains that contribute most positively to families’ quality of life as well as those from which families derive the least satisfaction.

Who are we looking for? We are looking for any caregiver of a child with autism.  The main caregiver may be a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a life partner, or other family member. Anyone in British Columbia is eligible to participate because the study will be conducted using an online survey.

About the study: Participants will complete an online survey.  The total time commitment is approximately 30-60 minutes.  For this study, a $10 amazon.ca gift card will be provided. 

Special Interests in Trains among Children and Youth

Principal Investigator: Dr. Grace Iarocci

What do we want to know: Many children with autism are fascinated by trains. The goal of this study is to understand how special interests develop in youth with and without autism. We are examining how a special interest in trains from a young age influences learning about trains vs. Learning about social stimuli. For example, do children recognize trains as easily as we recognize faces?

Who are we looking for? Children and youth WITH and WITHOUT autism between 6-19 years of age, and their parents. We are looking for children who have an intense interest in trains, and children who do not.
** If your child has an intense interest in something other than trains (e.g.. dinosaurs, trucks, etc. ), we would love to hear from you!

About this study: This research will take place at our lab at SF, Burnaby campus. You will be asked to fill out questionnaires and your child will be involved i computer tasks. 


**If you are interested in this study please email us at addl@sfu.ca providing us with information about your child (age, sex, when did the interest begin and how long has your child had this interest?)