Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do we get anything for participating in the study?

  • Yes, families will receive small compensation (i.e., small gifts of books or toys) for their participation during each visit.

Where does the actual testing take place?

  • All of the testing takes place in the Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology (PAS) building at the University of Waterloo. Please see contact us for directions.

What is typically involved in the studies?

  • Depending on the studies one is eligible for, participants will complete selected diagnostic, neuropsychological, physiological and behavioural evaluations.
  • Depending on the studies one is eligible for, total time commitment can range from one to five visits to the laboratory.
  • Appointments can be scheduled based on the family’s availability.

Can I participate in more than one study?

  • Individuals can participate in as many as they qualify for. New studies are continuously added; therefore, prior participants may return.

What are the benefits and risks of participation?

  • There are no direct benefits to the child or parent participating in the study.
  • All of our studies are approved by the Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo.
  • Participation in this research will help us to learn how to work more effectively will all children including those who are typically developing as well as those with specific disabilities such as autism, learning disabilities and  anxiety disorders.
  • There are no known, substantial risks to parents or children participating in this research.
  • What is most important is that participation is completely voluntary and the parent and child have full control over the situation at all times. If a parent or child in the study wishes to terminate their participation at any time for reasons, they are free to do so without any negative consequences. 

What does my participation contribute to?

By participating,

  • You will help researchers better understand normative changes in children’s understanding of themselves and other people.
  • You will help researchers better understand normative changes in children’s interest and ability in interacting with other children.
  • You will help researchers better understand normative changes in children’s abilities to regulate their emotions and behaviours.
  •  You may help make changes in public policy.
  • You may help improve public services.

What is an Electroencephalograph (EEG)?

EEG is a safe and painless way to record the natural electrical activity of the brain. The procedure involves placing a cap on the child’s head. The cap contains sensors that pick up the very weak electrical signals that occur with brain activity.

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