New Online Research Survey Explores how Technology is used by Families with an Autistic Child

Categories: News

A new online survey for parents of autistic children has been developed by Sue Fletcher-Watson, a research psychologist based at Edinburgh University. Ms Fletcher-Watson has a particular interest in the study of autism spectrum disorders and using technology with this group.

This online survey aims to investigate how families use technology to support children with autism at home. Before you proceed, you need to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve for you. Please take time to read the following information carefully. Talk to others about the study if you wish. If there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information, please email

This survey will gather information from families who have a child with autism, and who already use technology (e.g. computer games, YouTube, apps) to help entertain, educate and otherwise support their child. The goal is to combine the wisdom of these parents to help provide advice to other parents who are thinking about using technology for the first time, or trying something new.

You will not be asked for any identifying information – e.g. your name, your full address. 

Using the survey data, a document will be written for parents who are new to using technology with their child, which aims to help them make good choices when selecting hardware, software and managing technology at home. If you want, at the end of the survey, you can fill in your email address to receive a copy of this document when it is completed.

Ethics approval has been given by the University of Edinburgh. Copies of their comments are available if you wish to see them – just email

The survey can be found at