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Research study: Assessment tools for emotional distress in children with learning disabilities

A high proportion of children with learning disabilities experience emotional distress. Researchers from the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmingham, along with Aston and Coventry Universities, have received funding from Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charitable Foundation to develop improved assessment tools to detect distress in children with learning disabilities.

The research team are hoping to recruit 400 parents and carers of children with learning disabilities to complete an online questionnaire study. It is hoped that this study will lead to the development of better tools for use in health settings for the detection of signs of distress. The questionnaire takes approximately 35 minutes to complete.

What will happen if you take part?

If you would like to learn more about what is involved in the study and register your interest, you can do this by:

Registering an interest does not commit you to taking part. You will have a chance to make your decision about getting involved once you have read the information sheets. 

You can then either request that more information is sent to you by post or you can access the website link below where you can read more about the study and complete the consent forms online:

Who are the researchers who are working on this project?

This research is being led by Dr Jane Waite and Prof Chris Oliver. The research team are shown below!

 Dr Jane Waite  Prof Chris Oliver
 Dr Lucy Wilde  Dr Hayley Crawford
 Dr Jo Moss Ms Hannah Pitt Ms Georgina Edwards

Thank you very much for your interest in our work!