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Supporting Young People with Autism by Using the Stories Online for Autism (SOFA) Application.

Please read below information regarding research that you may wish to participate in:

Autism Research - University of Bath

Dr Louis Camilleri is an Educational & Child Psychologist who is currently reading for a PhD with the University of Bath’s Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR). 

He is presently conducting an international study that aims to investigate how a digital application, called SOFA (, can support Autistic children and their parents. 

The SOFA application has been co-developed with the autism community to support developing and delivering stories to help Autistic children. It is FREE for everyone to download and use. 

Dr.Camilleri is looking to recruit parents/guardians of Autistic children (i.e. children with a formal diagnosis of Autism) whose children are 4 to 15 years of age.

This study involves introducing SOFA to parents/guardians and training them on how to use the application through online meetings and tutorials. Parents/guardians will then develop stories for their children using SOFA. Children must be involved in the development of the stories.

These stories will be read by the children, on a phone/tablet using SOFA for 2 weeks (with the support of parents/guardians). Brief progress check-lists, at the beginning of the two weeks, after 1 week, and at the end of the 2 weeks will be carried out. All of this study can be carried out online. 

Further information on this study can be found in the parent information letter here, or seen at If you would like to participate in this study please email Dr. Camilleri at