OVPRI Human Subject Research Protection Blog

The VCU Human Research Protection Program is dedicated to facilitating ethically and scientifically sound research through robust review of research projects and through effective education and outreach to the VCU research community.

The VCU HRPP Would like to notify the research community about a free workshop offering CEUs on the topic of assent with individuals with communication difficulties. The workshop is being held on Wednesday, June 29 at 3pm ET.

Toward an Understanding of Assent with Individuals with Communication Difficulties.

Presenter: Cody Morris, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Seeking and obtaining assent from clients and research participants is an important component of behavior analytic practice and research. However, typical assent procedures primarily rely on spoken and written communication that may not be feasible for individuals with significant communication difficulties. Thus, practitioners serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related developmental disabilities (DD) who have limited communication abilities may need to utilize alternative methods for seeking assent. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce assent and related concepts, discuss the importance of assent, and propose practical strategies for obtaining assent with clients who cannot assent through traditional means.

Register here for the workshop.

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