An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Monday, repeating until March 31, 2018
(IRB #17-1534) We are conducting a research study regarding the friendships and social experiences of middle school students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or cognitive impairment (CI). Adolescents in grades 6, 7, or 8 with ASD and/or CI accompanied by a parent are eligible for the study. A teacher and a same-aged peer of the student with ASD/CI are also required for the study.
The study involves 1 to 2 visits, each about 1.5-2 hours long. Students with ASD/CI will answer questions about their friendships. Parents will complete questionnaires during the visits that will be held either at your home or at Michigan State University. Peers and teachers will complete an online questionnaire about the student with ASD/CI’S social behaviors and friendships.
There are no perceived risks from participating in this research.
Participation in this research is confidential.
The primary goal of this project is to examine the friendships and social experiences of middle school students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or cognitive impairments (CI).
Middle school is a time when the development of friendships can be difficult and students with ASD and/or CI are vulnerable to bullying experiences. Ultimately the goal of this research is to fully understand the friendships and social experiences of individuals with ASD and/or CI by considering the student, parent, peer, and teacher’s perspectives.
Testing will consist of 1 to 2 visits that will each be 1.5-2 hours long. Visits can be conducted at your home or at Michigan State University. All participants will receive compensation.
Adolescents in grades 6, 7, or 8 with autism spectrum disorder and/or cognitive impairment and a parent can participate in the study. The adolescent/parent will be asked to invite a teacher and same-aged peer to answer some online questionnaires as well.
If interested or if you have any questions, please go to the following link:
Individuals with ASD and/or CI accompanied by their parents will receive $50 for their participation. Peers will receive $10 and teachers will receive $20 for completing the online questionnaires. There are no conceivable risks or benefits for participants. Consent will be obtained from all participants before participating in the study. Participants have the right to stop participation at any time.
This project is affiliated with MSU and may be published in scientific journals and presented at conferences.