Research at WARC for individuals with ASD (18 years and over)

Assessing Repetitive Behaviours and Imagination in Autistic Adults using Self-Report Measures (online study)


Sarah Barrett and Prof Sue Leekam

My name is Sarah Barrett and I am a PhD student at WARC.  My PhD research explores the links between imagination and flexibility of thought and behaviour.   In the past, it was thought that people on the spectrum were not very imaginative because they can have a narrow range of interests.  We know now that people on the spectrum can be very creative, but we still need to undersand their imaginative activities in relation to their restricted and repetitive behaviours.  My online study has two aims:

1) We are testing a new self-report questionnaire for restricted and repetitive behaviours in adults with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.  We have previously tested this questionnaire in adults who do not have a diagnosis of autism, as well as a group of adults with autism spectrum disorder from Australia.  We found that it is a reliable measure of restricted and repetitive behaviours in these two samples.

The research has been published and has recently been featured on BBC Wales.  We now need to collect more responses to this questionnaire from a wider group of people.

2) We are also gathering information about the imaginative and creative activities of adults with an autism spectrum disorder.

This is an online study which you can do at any time and will take around 20 minutes to complete.  It involves filling in three short questionnaires, including multiple choice questions, writing short summaries and providing some personal information (for example, age, gender and diagnosis).

Who can take part?

Any adults, aged 18 years or older, with a confirmed diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder can take part in this study.

How do I take part?

Please email me ( or join our Research Recruitment Register if you would like to take part in this study.  You can also fill in the questionnaire online here:


REach    Research Exploring Autism spectrum condition Couples relationship satisfaction, Health & wellbeing (REACH)               

Beverley Winn and Dr Katherine Shelton                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

I’m Bev.I am  a PhD student at Cardiff University and the Parent Consultant of WARC.  I have 25 years of lived experience of ASC .

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My research forms the REACH project, a 5 year project that explores relationship dynamics , health and well being in couples where one or  both have a clinical diagnosis of ASC  (Autism Spectrum Conditions) .

The first phase of the project was conducted in 2013, and involved interviews with couples where one or both had a clinical diagnosis of ASC.

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The WARC family room, where couples were interviewed for the first stage of REACH


REACH, phase 2, my current study, aims to gain further understanding about relationship dynamics from both partners, in order to consider the similarities and differences to non-ASC couples.

The study will involve a Global Online Anonymous study of questionnaires measuring relationship adjustment, couple conflict and conflict managment, health and wellbeing.

Who can take part?

Couples, aged 18 or over, where one or both have a formal diagnosis of ASC, and they have been in a relationship for 6 months or more.

How do I take part or find out more about the study?

Please email me at