Call for Participants: Autistic Youth Experiences of "Social Skills" Programs

    Summary: Autistic youth (14-26yrs) in Canada are invited to participate in an Autistic-led research project about "social skills" programs and social experiences. This project is made up of an online survey and a potential optional follow-up interview session about the topic over Zoom. If you or a family member may be eligible, please read on!

    The survey closes for responses on June 23 at 11:59pm. [more detailed information:  ]

    To participate, youth must:

    - be Autistic (either professionally or self recognized/diagnosed)

    - live in Canada

    - be 14-26 years old

    - AND have experienced “social skills” or “social behaviour” therapy, class, or coaching
    Project Details: A Child & Youth Studies M.A. student researcher at Brock University is investigating ways that autistic masking (camouflage), self-esteem, and choice-making develop and interact in youth who have been through social-skills or social-behaviour therapy, classes, or programs.

    The initial survey is expected to take 15-25 minutes. It includes questions about personal experiences and batches of statements to rate on a scale. Respondents have the option at the end of the survey to mark their interest in a follow-up phase. The final section of this project consists of online feedback sessions about the results from the initial phases, which will be completed over Zoom.

    There is no compensation for the survey, but those randomly selected to complete the follow-up phase will receive a 25 dollar VISA gift card. Follow-up participants will be selected randomly from those who indicate interest, and a calculation has been added to ensure that a majority of follow-up participants are part of historically and currently underrepresented groups.

    How to participate: Click this link:  by June 23rd.

    On this page you can find information about the study and contacts, in case of further questions. You can click the link at the bottom of the information page to start the survey.

    This study was reviewed and received ethics clearance through Brock University’s SREB [#22-072-JONES].