Invitation to Participate in Research

An Exploration of Needs for Children with Learning Challenges

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study to improve knowledge of the needs for children (Kindergarten – Grade 8) with learning challenges. To take part, families must suspect that a learning challenge is negatively impacting their childs academic, behaviour, or socio-emotional functioning, and have not received a formal psychological assessment of their childs learning challenges.

Children with learning challenges present with a variety of academic, behavioural, and socio-emotional challenges. This study will explore the range of needs a child might be experiencing prior to receiving a psychological assessment. However, this study is not intended to provide a formal diagnosis.


As a parent or caregiver, you will be asked to take part in a 1.5 hour study taking place at the Child and Youth Development Clinic. The study will include:

  • Questionnaires examining your child’s learning, behaviour, or social-emotional skills
  • An audio recorded interview (Note: families may request that a second researcher be present to transcribe the interview as an alternative to audio-recording)

Note: Interested parents participate in a telephone screening with a research assistant to determine eligibility prior to scheduling the study visit.

If you would like more information on this study, please contact the researcher at the contact information below.

Dr. Colin King, PhD, C. Psych
Faculty of Education - Western University
519-661-2111 X81183