Research Study Recruitment
I am Stephanie Hunt, an Occupational Therapist and MSc Student and I am undertaking research to identify the factors that influence an Occupational Therapist’s treatment strategy when addressing emotional regulation difficulties in children with ASD.
I am currently seeking Occupational Therapists who work with children and young people with ASD. The research involves the completion of an online survey expected to take no longer than 15 minutes to complete online.
If you would like to participate please read the ‘participant information information’ below and use the link provided to complete the online survey. Your completion of the survey will be considered as you giving your consent to participate in the study.
You do not have to respond if you are not interested in this study. If you do not respond, no one will contact you, but you may receive another email which you can simply disregard.
Thank you for taking an interest in this study.
The study is intended to determine what influences an Occupational Therapist’s treatment programme when addressing emotional regulation difficulties in children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). This study is being conducted as part of MSc research project at the Ulster University. Please read the following information before you decide whether to take part. If after reading you have any questions, please contact me via the details provided at the end of this sheet.
Title of study
What factors influence an Occupational Therapist’s treatment strategy when addressing emotional regulation difficulties in children with ASD?
Why is the research being done?
There is increasing pressure for Occupational Therapists to use evidence based practice, measure outcomes and ensure cost effectiveness when delivering their services. Yet for Occupational Therapists who work with children and young people with ASD, there is limited research regarding which interventions are most effective in terms of benefits derived by the child or young person and the associated costs to the commissioning organisation. The autistic spectrum encompasses a wide variety of additional needs, encompassing children with and without learning difficulties. Consequently, a knowledge and understanding of which strategies are most suitable for children and young people with ASD can be challenging, particularly for a therapist who is unfamiliar with this specific area of practice.
What are the benefits of this research?
This project will help to determine what influences Occupational Therapists when deciding on treatment strategies to address emotional regulation difficulties in children and young people with ASD.
Who should participate in the study?
Occupational Therapists who currently work with children and young people with ASD.
Do you have to take part in this research?
No, you are under no obligation to take part in this study.
What will be required of me?
This study will require you to complete an online survey; your completion of the survey will be taken as your consent to participate. It is anticipated that the survey will take up to 15 minutes to complete.
How will I use the information?
Results will be analysed and included into an MSc research project with Ulster University. Results may be presented in an Occupational Therapy journal however publications will not identify any individual or organisation. I would be pleased to email you the findings of my research upon completion please contact me via the email address below if this is something you would like.
Are there any risks?
It is not anticipated that individuals will experience any risk from taking part in the research.
Will my details be kept private?
Yes, information that you give will remain anonymous. You are not required to give your name or any other identifying information in the research.
All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
What happens next?
If you would like to participate please use the link provided to complete the online survey. Your completion of the survey will be considered as you giving your consent to participate in the study. Once you have completed the survey you are unable to withdraw the information that you have provided.
Thank you for reading this information sheet,
Contact for further information
Name: Stephanie Hunt (Occupational Therapist and MSc Student)
Name: Mary Hannon-Fletcher (Project Supervisor)
Head of School, Health Sciences
Ulster University, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB