Dr Nuala Brady, University College Dublin (UCD), and Madeleine Diepman, UCD.

Who Can Participate?
Parents and guardians of autistic children/ young people and parents and guardians of non-autistic (neurotypical) children/ young people between the ages of 4 and 17 years inclusive. Participants can be based anywhere (this is an online study) but must have a good understanding of reading/ completing forms in English.

This is an online study; see Description below to find out how to participate.

The research invites parents and guardians of autistic and non-autistic children to answer an online questionnaire regarding their child’s sensory experiences. This questionnaire consists of four scales that look at children’s:

  1. 1.    sensory responses (to light, sound, touch, texture etc.)

  2. 2.   communication,

  3. 3.   social interaction styles, and

  4. 4.   how they experience and express their emotions.


The study is a once-off, online questionnaire and should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.

Although differences in how autistic people experience sensory information have been recognized for a long time, how these everyday experiences relate to and may impact other aspects of how people experience the world (via social interactions, emotional responses etc.) is still poorly understood.

To participate in this research, we ask that parents/guardians answer the questionnaire in relation to their child who does or does not have a clinical diagnosis of autism. The child must be aged between 4-17 years (inclusive), and the parent/ guardian must have proficient English (as the questionnaire is in English). This study is completely anonymous and has received ethical approval from the UCD Ethics Committee.

We have asked a number of autistic individuals here in Ireland about their language preferences. Based on their feedback, we have decided to use terms such as “autistic individual” rather than “individual with autism” in advertising this research study. However, we understand that different individuals and communities have their preferences and encourage you to use wording that best suits you.

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If you are interested in finding out more about this research or would like to participate in this study, please click here.

Nuala Brady,, or Madeleine Diepman,