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Compensation Skills in Autism

April 13, 2022 - June 19, 2023

A lot of research has studied social characteristics of autism and strategies for social situations (like “camouflaging” or “masking”). Not much research has looked at other types of characteristics, though, like sensory processing differences. It is important to know about how autistic adults use strategies in their everyday lives to help them with sensory and other possible challenges. This is important because sensory differences can make some day-to-day tasks (like grocery shopping) hard for some autistic people.

What are the goals of the study?

Autistic people have skills and assets they may use to help them with everyday challenges. We want to learn more about the strategies autistic people use in their day-to-day lives.

What will happen during the visit or online?

This study involves completing surveys online. The surveys will take about 60 minutes. The surveys do not need to be completed all at once.

How will this help families?

By growing our understanding of less commonly studied autistic traits (like sensory processing) and how these traits relate to things like mental health and quality of life.

Eligibility Criteria

You may quality for the Compensation Skills in Autism study if you:
● Are on the autism spectrum (for example, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, etc.), whether self-diagnosed or diagnosed by a health/educational professional
● Are at least 18 years old
● Do not have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability (Note: this does not include a learning disability, such as dyslexia)
● Live in the United States

Contact Information
Research Study Website

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