We want to understand autistic adults’ experiences with communicating without words because because individuals with autism tend to have difficulties using nonverbal communication. We want to be able to help the autism community with communication skills if that is something the study indicates is important to them, and help create interventions targeting nonverbal communication if the autism community indicates a desire for it. This study began at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia by Dr. Ashley de Marchena and a team of students as part of the InterAction Lab and is now being continued at Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.
What are the goals of the study?
We are interested in developing supports to help improve communication experiences for adults on the autism spectrum, but first want to hear from the autistic community about what (if any) supports are wanted or needed.
What will happen during the visit or online?
Participants will be asked to complete about 60 minutes of online surveys related to communication, autism traits, and general information about themselves. The surveys should take about an hour to complete. Communication differences will be accommodated.
Participants will receive a $40 Amazon gift code after you complete the study.
How will this help families?
The results of the survey will be used to develop supports for both autistic and non-autistic people to facilitate stronger, more comfortable interactions.