The Research Study

Cluster Randomized Control Trial

As part of the initiative to evaluate the Teacher Help program, and ensure that it is a good fit for schools systems, teachers, and students across Canada, we are running a large research study in 2017. 

Our goal is to have psychologists, who work in school systems across Canada, partner with us in the upcoming research study. Psychologists will be asked to recruit a minimum of 6 teachers and a maximum of 12 teachers in their schools, along with willing guardians (e.g., parents) and students, to participate in the research study. 

All participants need to be within Canada, as well as have access to an internet connection and an email address. However, additional participation criteria are different depending on if you are a psychologist, teacher, student, or parent/caregiver.

Participation Criteria

School Boards and Schools

  • Are public schools within Canada
  • Willing to participate in a cluster randomized controlled trial in which the whole school board would be randomized to one of two groups: The Teacher Help (Intervention) group or the Waitlist (Control) group. 
  • Performed a research ethics review, if needed
  • Students with ADHD, ASD, or LD attend the school in typical classroom settings

Collaborating Psychologists

  • Work within a public school system in Canada
  • Willing to provide some support to classroom teachers throughout the implementation of the Teacher Help program.
  • Recruit a minimum of 12 classroom teachers who teach grades 1 to 12 to participate. The student and the parent both need to agree to participate as well
  • Is a licenced/registered psychologist OR is on the candidate register OR is a psychological associate OR is a certified school psychologist
  • Have regular access to the internet and an email account

Teachers

  • Work in a typical classroom setting in grades 1-12 with English as the language of instruction
  • Currently have one student in their classroom with ADHD, ASD, or LD that they would like to help by using this program
  • The parent and student have agreed to participate
  • Have regular access to the internet and an email account

Parents

  • Currently have a child with ADHD, ASD, or LD whose teacher is willing to participate in the cluster RCT
  • Currently have a child who attends public school int he English stream grades 1 to 12

Students

  • Currently have a diagnosis of ADHD, ASD, or LD provided by a psychologist or physician
  • Spend a significant portion of their class time inside the typical classroom (i.e., at least 2/3 of their day is spent in their classroom)
  • The child currently attends public school in the English steam grade 1 to 12
  • The student is either on a stable dose of medication for the specific NDD or no medication with no plan to start/change medication in the next 5 months

Usability Study

As part of the initiative to evaluate the Teacher Help program, and ensure that it is a good fit for schools systems, teachers, and students across Canada, we are running a usability study for the ASD module of Teacher Help in 2017. 

All participants need to be within Nova Scotia, Canada, as well as have access to an internet connection and an email address. However, additional participation criteria are different depending on if you are a psychologist, teacher, student, or parent/caregiver.

Participation Criteria

ASD Support Professionals

  • ASD Support professionals (e.g., school psychologists, speech language pathologists, autism behavioural consultants, occupational therapists, specialist teachers) will need to be currently working in a role where they are supporting students with ASD, and (including both past and current experience) have worked with at least 10 students with ASD who fit our criteria (at least ¾ of their time in the regular classroom). 

Teachers

  • Teachers must be current or past teachers who have had experience teaching at least 2 youth with ASD in the regular classroom within the past 5 years. These participants may be currently working as administrators. 

Parent Advocate

  • Parent advocate for individuals with ASD is a member of a foundation that directly supports the ASD community (e.g., Autism Nova Scotia, Autism Canada) who has worked with, in their capacity as an advocate, at least 5 individuals with ASD and/or families with a child with ASD (other than themselves and/or their own family) and/or teachers who work with children with ASD in the last 5 years. 

Youth Advocate

  • Youth advocate for individuals with ASD is between 18-25 years of age, as well as a member of a foundation that directly supports the ASD community (e.g., Autism Nova Scotia, Autism Canada) who has worked with, in their capacity as an advocate, at least 5 individuals with ASD and/or families with a child with ASD (other than themselves and/or their own family) and/or teachers who work with children with ASD in the last 5 years.