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Participant Information Sheet

Participant Information Sheet

The aim of the study is to examine the prevalence of these co-occurring disorders in children aged 3 to 18 years with autism spectrum disorder. The study will examine co-occurring psychological disorders (for example anxiety or depression), challenging behaviour, sensory issues, social responsiveness, quality of life, adaptive behaviour, behavioural/educational interventions, and complimentary or alternative medicine and interventions in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You are being asked to take part as a parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder. If your child does not present with any co-occurring disorders or symptoms, you can still take part. It is important for us to understand the effects co-occurring disorders have by including children with and without co-occurring symptoms. By comparing those with autism who have co-occurring symptoms with those without co-occurring symptoms, we can understand a lot more about co-occurring disorders. You have been asked to participate as your child meets the study criteria i.e. has a formal diagnosis of ASD and is between the age 3 – 18.

I will be expected to present all related information to my academic supervisors, Dr. Geraldine Leader and Dr. Arlene Mannion. We aim to publish this research in an academic journal. Should you agree to have your child participate, I can send you the article when it is published. You or your child will not be identified in any publication. Your child’s identity will be kept completely confidential, and will not be shared with anyone else.

Thank you for participating in this research.

If you have any questions about this research, my contact details are below.

Contact Information:
Christopher Flynn 
MSc Student
Email: c.flynn1@nuigalway.ie

Supervisors:
Dr. Geraldine Leader,
Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN),
School of Psychology,
National University of Ireland, Galway.
Email: geraldine.leader@nuigalway.ie 


Dr. Arlene Mannion,
Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN),
School of Psychology,
National University of Ireland, Galway.
Email: arlene.mannion@nuigalway.ie