Parent Participation in National Study

The Autism Research Team at Dalhousie University is conducting a national study to investigate stress, resilience, and coping strategies for families of children with developmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder/ASD, attention deficits, learning, intellectual, physical or cognitive problems) across Canada.

We are recruiting "parents of children with developmental disabilities, such as autism. Currently, there is little information on guidelines or best practices that can inform us about strategies related to resilience and healthcare services to promote it. This research aims to explore resilience and stress experienced by families of children with disabilities and their strategies to cope with challenges from the perspectives of parents and healthcare providers. This study identifies underlying mechanisms to help us understand how some people can better cope with situations and show higher resilience in response to stress. The study will develop a list of available resources and gaps in healthcare services to support resilience among families of Canadian children with disabilities.

If you are interested in participating in this research study, the following information will give you more details.

The goal of this study is to have a better understanding of health care services and resources that are available to improve resilience. We hope that your participation will help to develop guidelines and improve existing services available which aim to improve resilience among families of children with disabilities.

Participation will entail your involvement in an online survey to share your ideas and perspectives. By participating in this survey, you will have the chance to be entered in a draw to win one of 30 gift cards (e.g., Amazon, based on participants choices), valued at $50.
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may choose to stop participating at any time.

If you choose to participate in this study or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the research team via email at or call 902.494.8434.

You may also contact the Autism Research Team, Occupational therapy department, Dalhousie University

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Poster about the Survey175 KB