A study by the University of Cambridge

Our team at the University of Cambridge is investigating the language learning experiences of children with autism. We would love to hear from you!

Who are we inviting to take part?

We are inviting children aged 3-12 with a clinical diagnosis of autism and their parents all over the UK to participate in our studies.


Why are we doing this study?

The aim of this study is to find out more about how speaking one or more languages affects children with an autism diagnosis and their families.


Who is organising and funding the research?

This research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge.


What does participating entail for children and for the families?

Your child will complete short one-to-one tasks with a researcher across two sessions each lasting approximately 60 minutes. The tasks will cover three key domains: (i) language development, (ii) thinking skills and (iii) social skills. Additionally, the caregiver will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about the language use at home and around the child. This questionnaire takes about thirty minutes to fill in.

The study may take place either at children’s home, school (only if this is agreeable to the school) or at the University of Cambridge (in this case travel expenses will be reimbursed), depending on parents’ and school’s preferences as well as research requirements.



All our researchers have a DBS certificate, and/or had Safeguarding Children Awareness training and they know what action to take in case of any disclosure that causes concern.


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For more information please contact 

Rosie Penford on


Tel: 07593 799469


Sarah Crockford on skc48@cam.ac.uk

Tel: 07857 117824


Last modified: July 3, 2019