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“Parents Perspectives on experiences of inclusion of their child with ASD in mainstream primary schools in Ireland”

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

Melanie Mc Cafferty is a student at the University of Derby MSc Psychology Programme. Melanie is conducting a research study on parents perspectives on experiences of inclusion of their child with Autism in mainstream primary schools in Ireland.

This study is being undertaken to gain a better understanding of experiences of inclusion on the part of children with Autism in the mainstream primary education system. The aim is to explore the factors that positively or negatively impact inclusion of Autistic children in mainstream primary schools from their parents perspective

To take part you must meet the following criteria: Be a parent of a child with an Autism diagnosis, currently attending a mainstream primary school in Ireland.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You will be asked to provide details of your child/children’s age, gender, diagnosis type ( Level 1,2,3) , class level and school size and setting ( i.e. urban or rural). You will then be asked to participate in a one-off semi-structured interview with the researcher which will take place online via Microsoft teams and should last between 30 and 40 minutes maximum. You will be provided with the list of questions in advance of the interview.

Further information can be found in the participant information sheet here.

If you have any questions before deciding to participate in this study, please contact:

  • Researcher: Melanie Mc Cafferty –
  • Supervisor: Dr. Chris Barnes –