Research Participation Opportunities

This page lists current research participation opportunities that may be of interest to individuals or families. Participating in research can be rewarding in several ways, such as knowing the study you participate in will help other individuals or families with autism in the future.

Please see the research participation opportunities below. 

Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Better Understand Participation in Social Activities

For children with ASD, social skills may present a significant obstacle for participation; however, little is known about participation patterns in social activities. It is believed that motor skill development may contribute to challenges with social skills; nevertheless, the link between social and motor skills is not fully understood.

Five- to 12-year-old children with ASD, parent(s)/guardian(s), and instructors are asked to participate in research conducted by Dr. Sara Scharoun Benson (Department of Kinesiology, University of Windsor).

Our Goal: To develop new knowledge of social challenges faced by children with ASD, and the impact on participation.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) will complete 4 questionnaires (Traits of ASD, motor/social skills, and participation; ~60 minutes at U Windsor OR the researcher can visit you). This study includes an optional motor assessment, where children will be asked to perform tasks (e.g., drawing, moving pegs, walking) like those performed at school. Agreement to participate in the questionnaire-based research does not mean your child has to participate in the motor assessment. Your choice to participate will not influence dealings with the researcher. Instructors will be interviewed (~45-60 minutes, phone or in-person) about experiences. Remuneration will be provided (gift card).

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Sara Scharoun Benson (519-253-3000 ext. 4994;

From the University of Windsor

V1ADUCT Clinical Trial

Adults with autism see, hear and feel the world in a unique way.
We don’t want to change this. But sometimes, certain situations may be challenging. That’s why
we’re conducting V1ADUCT. We want to see if an investigational drug can help make certain social
and communication challenges a little easier to manage. 

We would like to invite you to take part in this research study (also known as a clinical trial) of an investigational drug called balovaptan.  The study will look at the effect of balovaptan on social behavior and communication in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Contact us directly to learn about the V1ADUCT clinical trial today.

For further information, contact
Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program, London Health Sciences Centre
Ahsan Ahmad Phone: (519) 685-8500 x 74906 | Email:

From the London Health Sciences Centre & the Lawson Health Research Institute

Autism Spectrum Disorder Medication Research Study

Doctors at Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre are studying a new medication (arbaclofen) for the treatment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Participation will require approximately 9 visits to Children’s Hospital over a 4 month period.  Most visits will take less than two hours. Questionnaires about symptoms and side effects will be completed at each visit. Including the screening visit, blood samples will be required at 3 of the appointments to monitor safety. Some visits will require an EEG and sensory discrimination task.

Study medication will be provided at no cost, and expenses related to participation (such as parking) will be paid for by the research team. Participants will also receive a gift card at each visit as a token of appreciation for their time and effort.

If you (or your child) are between the ages of 5 and 17, have Autism Spectrum Disorder, and are interested in participating in this study, please contact Ahsan Ahmad at (519) 685-8500 Ext 74906 or for further information.

From the Children's Hospital - London Health Sciences Centre, & the Lawson Health Research Institute