If you have already registered your details on our database, we would contact you either via email or by phone to explain what a specific study would involve. There is no commitment for you / your child to participate and you can decide to opt out at any time before or during the appointment date. (You can also decide to withdraw your child’s data up to three months after participating, if you wish).
If we do not have your child’s / your details, you can register your interest on our sign-up page.
After we have expressed interest in participating in a particular study, we will email you a link to a questionnaire (Qualtrics) which gives you a detailed outline of what the particular research question is, what your child would do, how long it would take and how the recordings would be stored. This Qualtrics survey would store your written consent along with the participant number that we assign your child. Once you have completed this, we will then either email you again or phone you to arrange an appointment on a day and time convenient for you and the particular researcher. Please do ask the researcher if you have any questions about the particular study.
Once the appointment has been arranged, you will receive an appointment via Microsoft Teams and a link to a meeting in Zoom.
On the appointment day, you will receive a reminder email about five minutes prior to the testing session. At the beginning of the session, the researcher will ask you if you have any questions. Then the researcher will explain at an age-appropriate level to your child what will happen and will check that your child is happy with this. Once your child has started interacting with the researcher, we would ask that you no longer participate in the conversation. (You can remain in the same room but one suggestion could be to pretend to read a book, carry out your own work or cook so that your child is less likely to ask you for help if we ask him or her to answer a question).