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Current autism research opportunities

bristol autism research opportunities

Bristol Autism Support is often contacted asking if we can share research opportunities with the families we support. This page is where we publicise these opportunities. If you have a research project you would like to promote, please email us here.

Bristol Autism Support has no connection with these external individuals or organisations. Any research opportunities are undertaken at the participant’s own risk and responsibility.

Support for parents / carers of autistic children (02.09.19)

Bristol Autism Support has provided support and information to parents and carers of autistic children, diagnosed or undiagnosed, since 2012. We are running a comprehensive survey to help us determine how we support parents and carers from 2020 and beyond. The survey is entirely anonymous and will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Click here to complete the survey

Animal therapy for teens with special needs (09.08.19)

Parents or guardians of a young adult (aged 13 to 24) with a diagnosed SEND (namely Autism Spectrum Disorder, Aspergers, Learning Disability, Global Delay, or Down Syndrome) are needed to participate in my research on the impact of dog therapy on SEN adolescents.

What am I asking? I need 10/15 minutes of your time on three occasions to complete a simple online survey. You can do it in your own home, on your phone, iPad or laptop, and I’ll even email you to let you know when to complete it! All responses will be completely anonymous. Questions are a 1-5 scale answer (i.e. Always — Never) to statements like “My child has trouble sleeping”. Click here for more information about this research.

If you can help make animal therapy work better for teens with SEN, please click here to sign-up

Music therapy research (26.07.19)

I am a postgraduate student at the University of Bristol looking for participants for my dissertation project: How do parents and music therapy teachers report on the effects of music therapy on children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I hope that my findings will contribute to the research on therapies, specifically on music therapy research for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I will be grateful if you could help distribute my email to those who would be able to take part. I am looking for participants who are:

  • A parent of a child diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who has been attending music therapy sessions
  • A music therapist working with children diagnosed with ASD

I’m interested in finding out how parents and music therapists report on the effects of music therapy on children diagnosed with ASD. I will carry out one-to-one interviews lasting 30-45 minutes. This will be audio-recorded.  The interview will take place in Bristol or Weston-super-Mare, either within an educational setting, the University of Bristol, at a local library meeting room or at a location convenient to the parent/therapist. Participants will be compensated for their time. 

Once I have received an email from a potential participant, I will provide them with further information about the project and will arrange an interview at a time and place that is convenient for them. If they are unable to travel, I can carry out the interview over a video call platform that they prefer, such as Skype or WhatsApp.

If you would like further information of my project and the demographics questionnaire that I will be using, please let me know and I will provide you with this in my next email. I also have an up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate. For anyone interested in taking part, they may reach me on my student email address yp18393@bristol.ac.uk (Zakia Begum, MSc Psychology of Education student)

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