INSTITUTE FOR AUTISM RESEARCH

INSTITUTE FOR AUTISM RESEARCH

Participate in Research

Advances in the understanding and treatment of autism and related developmental disorders are dependent on sound research. Faculty at the IAR are dedicated to conducting rigorous studies that shed light on key aspects of the disorders and identify effective treatments and educational programming that maximizes the quality of life of those affected and their families. If you are interested in participating in research, please consider one of the projects listed below. These projects are currently accepting applications.

Current Studies

 summerMAX @ ASI

This study is a community replication of the comprehensive summer psychosocial program, summerMAX  for 7-12 year old children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASDs).  Autism Services, Inc. is collaborating with the iar to offer summerMAX in the summer of 2014.  While summerMAX has been validated by the staff at the iar to increase both targeted and broad social skills of children with  HFASDs, the final step in the validation process is to show that the manualized program can be replicated by others. The program targets social skills, face and emotion recognition, interpretation of non-literal language, and interest expansion using fun activities in a camp format. Children will be randomly assigned to receive the program in one of two sessions this summer.  Both sessions are conducted Monday through Friday each week for 7.5 to 8 hours per day.

Tuition for the program is $400 and financial assistance is available if needed.  

If you are interested in having your child participate in this program, please submit:
  • Documentation of Diagnosis/Prior Evaluation reports (psychological,  psychiatric, and/or speech and language reports)
  • summerMAX @ ASI Family Information form (required) – please print, complete, and submit with your application
  • Most recent IEP (if receives special education services)
Submit via mail, email, or fax to:

summerMAX @ ASI
Autism Services Inc.
124 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14201

Fax Number: (716) 362-6591
Email: ashanahan@autism-services-inc.org

For questions, contact Andrew Shanahan at Autism Services at 716-631-5777 ext. 702 or by email at ashanahan@autism-services-inc.org.  Questions can also be directed to the iar at iar@canisius.edu.

MAXout

This study is evaluating the effectiveness of conducting an afterschool program based on the summer social development program for 7-12 year old children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (Asperger’s, high-functioning autism, and PDDNOS). The treatment will be provided over 18 weeks (two 90-minute sessions per week) during the 2014-15 school year. The sessions will be conducted from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. The program focuses on social skills, interest expansion, interpretation of non-literal language (idioms), and face and emotion recognition. Each 90-minute treatment session contains instruction, role play and modeling and therapeutic activities to practice skills. The afterschool program will begin in October of 2014.  Tuition for this program is $300 and financial assistance is available.

If you are interested in having your child participate in this program, please submit:
  • Documentation of Diagnosis/Prior Evaluation reports (psychological, psychiatric, and/or speech and language reports)
  • Family Information Form (required) – please print, complete, and submit
  • Most recent IEP (if receives special education services)
Submit via mail, email, or fax to:

MAXout
Institute for Autism Research
Canisius College
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208

Fax Number: (716) 888-8540
Email: iar@canisius.edu

For questions, contact thei IAR at iar@canisius.edu or 716-888-2800

summerMAX (Booster)

For children between the ages of 7-12 who have participated in prior summerMAX MAXout, or schoolMAX programs. the iar will offer the summerMAX program at Canisius.   During this summer's summerMAX program, iar staff will be conducting studies evaluating characteristics and features of HFASDs and how these features and characteristics effect their functioning. The program will be conducted from June 30th through August 1st from 8:50 AM to 4:10 PM. The program will continue to work on social skills, face and emotion recognition, interpretation of non-literal language, and interest expansion using fun activities in a camp format.

If interested please submit the following:
  • Most recent IEP (if receives special education services)
  • Updated Family Information Form – please print, complete, and submit
 Submit via mail, email, or fax to:

summerMAX
Institute for Autism Research
Canisius College
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208

For questions, contact the iar at iar@canisius.edu or 716-888-2800

Career Experiences of Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and PDDNOS

This study is examining the experiences of 18 years of age or older with high functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASDs) with career planning and/or job attainment. Information gained from this study will help in the development of formal career support for individuals with HFASDs. Note that HFASDs include individuals with Asperger's Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS). 

Participation in this study will take no more than 90 minutes total and can be completed at one's own pace over multiple sessions. No identifiable or personal information will be collected to assure the privacy of the participant.

To start participation, click on the weblink below. On this weblink the participant will complete a brief self-screening, read information about this study and what the participant is being asked to do , learn about participant's rights in completing this study and how to contact research staff receive some contact information. After this information is reviewed, the participant will complete a demographic form and several surveys. Those surveys ask about the participant's confidence in getting a job and how the participant deals with stress in their job (if participant has one).  The surveys also ask about types of supports, barriers, career goals, career expectations, and career interests.

If you have questions regarding this study please contact:

Gloria K. Lee, PhD, CRC
Associate Professor
University at Buffalo - the State University of New York
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000

E-mail: glee4@buffalo.edu