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Understanding how adolescents with Autism communicate in their daily lives using diverse communication techniques.

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

Siobhán Mooney is a fourth-year undergraduate student on the BSc Speech and Language Therapy programme in University College Galway. Sinead’s research project is entitled “Understanding how adolescents with Autism communicate in their daily lives using diverse communication techniques”

Siobhán’s research project aims to gain an insight into the experiences of Autistic adolescents communicate in day-to-day life. Some of the aims for this study include:

  • To explore the types of communication used by adolescents with Autism in their daily lives.
  • To understand how the environment and setting (such as at home, at school, in the community) impacts the communication skills of Autistic adolescents.
  • To obtain ideas from Autistic adolescents on how they can be supported in communication.
  • To explore the challenges and barriers adolescents with Autism face when communicating with in a variety of contexts such as with family, friends, and strangers.
  • To understand how Autistic adolescents feel about their communication skills.

Siobhán, would like to recruit a minimum of 8 participants. The following is the inclusion criteria:

  • Adolescents aged between 13 and 17.
  • Autistic Adolescents.
  • Adolescents with Autism living in Ireland.

For more information, or if you wish to participate, please contact: Siobhán Mooney at s.mooney9@nuigalway.ie

Additional information can be seen here.