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What is this research study about?

This study aims to investigate if regular use of the Smiling Mind smartphone app can help autistic people and their parents/carers to manage feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.

Why should I help?

Research has already shown that autistic children and adults, and their parents/carers can commonly experience stress, anxiety and depression, and that this can have a negative impact on their quality of life. Taking part in this study will help autism researchers to know if a smartphone app could offer an effective way for autistic children and adults, and their parents/carers to help manage the negative feelings associated with stress, anxiety and depression, as this would offer a free and easily accessible support that could help improve their quality of life.

Who can take part?

You are invited to take part in this study if you live in Australia, you have access to a smartphone and you are either:

  • Aged 18 years and over, have a diagnosis of autism and you are fluent in spoken and written English; or
  • Aged between 11 and 17 years, have a diagnosis of autism, can understand and follow verbal commands, and you can participate with a parent or caregiver who is fluent in spoken and written English;
  • The parent or carer of an individual with a diagnosis of autism and you are fluent in spoken and written English.

Who is conducting this study?

Researchers from the University of Adelaide are conducting this study with funding provided by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.

What will I be asked to do?

  1. You will be randomly allocated to one of two groups: One group will asked to use the Smiling Mind app at home at least once per day for five days, or the other group will be asked have a 10 minute quiet time at home at least once per day for five days.
  2. You will also be asked to complete an online survey, both before and after the five day period. Each time the survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

If you are allocated to the group that will use the Smiling Mind app, you will also be invited to nominate to discuss your experiences of the app with the researchers. This interview will be optional.

When and where?

Participants can take part in this research at their home at their preferred time.

To find out more about the study and register to participate please contact Mr Matthew Hartley.

Please feel free to forward this information to others who might also be interested in participating.

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