Parent experiences of community-based autism spectrum disorder diagnostic assessments performed by general paediatricians


What is this study about?

Our team is performing interviews with parents or guardians of children who have been newly diagnosed with ASD by general paediatricians in the community in Ontario. We want to know more about what the process is like for families and about the role of community general paediatricians in ASD diagnosis.


Gillian King, PhDMelanie Penner MD FRCP(C), Laura Hartman, PhD; Amber Makino, MD

Participate in this study

Do you have a child who was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a general paediatrician? Participate in our study exploring parental or guardian experiences of ASD diagnostic assessments.

Participants will receive a $25 gift card to as appreciation for their time.

Who can participate

We are looking for: 

  • Parents or guardians of children with ASD diagnosed in the last 6 months.
  • Families who received a diagnosis from a general paediatrician in a community clinic (i.e. not psychologist, psychiatrist or developmental paediatrician).

What's Involved

  • Parents or guardians will undergo an interview (approximately 60 minutes) about their experience with diagnostic assessment.
  • Interviews can be done in person at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital or by telephone.


Recruitment is closed at this time.

Interested in participating

If you have any questions, or wish to sign up, please contact co-investigator Dr. Amber Makino or 416-425-6220 ext. 3043.

Learn more about this study