What is this research study about?
Girls are diagnosed with autism two years later than boys on average. This can be due to a number of factors. Later diagnosis means that these girls may miss out on early intervention which is important for improving quality of life and long-term outcomes. We would like to explore parents’ experience of getting a diagnosis for their daughter, as well as exploring what supports she has received/is receiving since being diagnosed.
Why should I help?
The findings of this study will enhance understanding of the challenges associated with the assessment process when getting a diagnosis of autism among females. It is hoped that it may also provide information that may assist with identifying and diagnosing females with autism at a younger age. Participants will go into the draw to win a double pass for a Gold Class cinema.
Who can take part?
You are invited to take part in this study if you are a parent with a daughter who has a diagnosis of autism.
Who is conducting this study?
Dr Nerelie Freeman, Dr Pascale Paradis and Dr Fiona May from Monash University are conducting this study.
What will I be asked to do?
If you decide to take part, you will be interviewed by a member of our research team about your experience of getting a diagnosis for your daughter. The interview will take approximately 1 hour.
When and where?
The interview will take place at a time and location that is mutually convenient for yourself and the interviewer. If you are outside Victoria, this interview can take place over the telephone.
To find out more about the study and register to participate please contact Dr Nerelie Freeman.
Please feel free to forward this information to others who might also be interested in participating.