Three opportunities for families to get involved in the START course, complete research surveys and/or advise developers:
parent and toddler activity sessions for families with a connection to autism or ADHD – starting September 2022 in Oxford
START is a free 12-week programme to support toddlers with a family connection to autism or ADHD to develop strong attention, regulation and thinking skills. Join us for chat and play in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere. Spaces are limited and registration is essential: email email@example.com or visit www.startproject.info to find out more. Groups will be held in additional locations in 2023 onwards.
research surveys with parents and professionals focusing on babies to 3 year olds:
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are carrying out 3 online surveys - further info in the flyers, and links to the surveys below. Closing date for all 3 studies: midnight on 31st May 2022.
If you have any questions about any of the studies, please email Dr Angela McLaughlin (Research Supervisor and Teaching Fellow in Clinical Psychology at the university) directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
parents requested to advise developers on support for young parents experiencing depression or anxiety
Researchers Dr Elizabeth Rapa and Dr Louise Dalton from the University of Oxford are looking for young Mums and Dads (age 16-24 years old) who are interested in advising the research team on a new project to develop and test a new package to help young parents who are experiencing depression or anxiety. The advisory group members would be asked to share their views on different aspects of the package (for example how the materials should look to appeal to young parents, how frequently the support sessions should take place etc) and give feedback about the best way to recruit parents to take part in the study - though you don't necessarily need to be experiencing depression or anxiety yourself. Advisory group members could take part in as much or as little as they felt able to offer; their involvement could take place online (via teams or zoom) or through commenting on emailed documents.
The group members would be reimbursed for their participation in activities; for example, £12.50 for a 30 min task such as commenting on a draft document, £25 for a 1 hour activity such as taking part in a group discussion to feedback on a proposal. If you know any Mums or Dads who might be interested in getting involved, please pass on the team's contact details: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
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