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  • 12/12/2011

    OAR Research Announcement

    Location where study is being conducted:  Richmond, VA (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    Title of Study: “Professionals’ Perspectives on Services and Interventions for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

    Brief Summary of Study’s Purpose:  The purpose of this study is to help researchers understand the perspectives of professionals across disciplines (e.g., medical, speech-language, psychology, education, occupational therapy, social work, etc.) regarding interventions and services for children with autism. Specifically, we hope to better understand what services professionals provide and recommend to families of children with autism and professionals’ perspectives on service delivery.

    Participants completing the survey will have the opportunity to enter in a drawing to win one of four $50 gift cards.

    Participants Needed: Service providers (professionals working with children with autism spectrum disorders)

    Participant Eligibility Criteria:

    • Must be a professional who currently provides direct services at least 10% (approximately half of one workday per week) of his/her job.
    • Provides services to children and youth (birth to 18 years of age)
    • Must have provided services for at least one child or youth (birth to 18 years) with an autism spectrum disorder in the past year.
    • Participants of any gender or age may participate (as long as they are a professional providing direct services)

    Type of Participation: Survey (online). The links for the survey are listed below.

    TinyURL link:
    Full link:

    IRB Human Subjects Approval: Yes. Protocol approval number: HM 13546

    Frequency: One-time survey

    Time Commitment Length: 20-25 minutes

    Requesting Person/Contact Person:                       

    Lillian Christon, M.A.
    Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Principal Investigator’s Contact Information:      

    Barbara Myers, Ph.D.
    Director, Developmental Psychology Program
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    University and University Address:

    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Department of Psychology
    806 West Franklin Street
    PO Box 842018
    Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018

    Additional Details:

    Note: This is a survey for professionals working with children with autism spectrum disorders.

    If you are not a professional, but work closely with professionals in the area of autism, please feel free to pass this survey along to those professionals to fill out.

    Little research has been done in this area, and better understanding of professionals’ perspectives on interventions and services for autism can help to improve care for these children and their families. This project can only be successful with the generous help of people like you. We look forward to receiving your response and truly appreciate your time.

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