Information Sheet

Why am I being asked to take part in this research study?

You are invited to participate in this survey that aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) on the cardiovascular health of children with ASD.

What is the reason for doing the study?

This study aims to identify the effects that COVID-19 had on the physical activity levels and associated social, psychological, and physiological health outcomes in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The results of this study will help to inform and aid in the development of resources to assist families during this global pandemic.

What will happen in this study?

If you decide to take part in this research study, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire, which will take approximately 15-20 minutes. You will be asked some background information questions about yourself and asked about your child’s health and physical activity levels during a specific time frame. 

Do I have to take part in the study?

Participation in this project is voluntary.

Will my information be kept private?

If you consent to take part in this survey the information you provide will be anonymous and kept securely. If you wish to participate in any follow-up questionnaires to do with this study you will be asked to provide your email address for future contact. Your email address will be used to link your responses over time. At the end of the study, the link between your email address and your responses will be removed. We will do everything we can to ensure that the information you share is kept private. 

What if I have questions?

Approval for this project has been granted by the Research Ethics Board at the Institute of Technology Carlow. If you have any questions about the research now or at a later stage, please contact Katie White at katie.white@itcarlow.ie

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* 1. By ticking the box below you agree to take part in this research, you understand the above information and give consent for the data provided to be used for research purposes.

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