Completed Studies

Purpose of study

While adolescents with ASD struggle in making friends, they consistently report a desire for friendship (Bauminger et al., 2000) and they do make friends (Petrina et al., 2014). More so, despite friendships that are reported to be lower in quality in comparison to the friendships of their neutorypical counterparts, individuals with ASD often report feeling satisfied with their friendships (Calder et al., 2012). To support adolescents with ASD in the development of meaningful relationships, we require stronger theoretical foundation for understanding how friendships are formed and experienced in this population from their own perspective. The present study explored the processes by which adolescents with ASD develop and maintain meaningful and satisfying friendships using the methodology of constructivist grounded theory. Data collection and coding of 25 interviews with 13- to 16-year-old adolescents with ASD was completed using the method of constant comparison. The results of this study present a substantive theory of how adolescents with ASD establish and experience friendship, identifying a core social process of building familiarity. This research provides a better understanding of the internal social processes that adolescents with ASD experience as they develop friendships, and can help caregivers and care providers better understand how to support the development of such relationships.

Purpose of study

In this study, we are looking to better understand the types of things that work best at motivating children with and without ASD to imitate another person's actions.

Purpose of study

We are looking to gain a better understanding of bullying/victimization experienced by adolescents with and without special needs and to determine why such behaviours occur.

Purpose of study

We are looking to better understand the relationship between repetitive, restricted, and stereotyped behaviours and atypical sensory processing in children with ASD.

Purpose of study

We are looking to provide an in-depth examination of language, cognitive, social, brain, and day-to-day functioning of high-functioning individuals with ASD.

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Purpose of study

To investigate the relationship between having an understanding that other people have different perspectives and beliefs, and children’s ability to deceive others.

Purpose of study

To understand the relationship between sensory issues and language level in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).