View all news

Planing in Children WITHOUT Autism Spectrum Condition

6 August 2019

The purpose of this research is to examine whether there are differences in the use of verbal and visual processing between children with and without Autism Spectrum Condition during planning.

Your child will be asked to complete a planning task known as the five-disc tower of London task (where coloured discs must be moved around on three equal sized pegs to reach a predetermined end state), a visual puzzle (where the picture which completes a pattern must be chosen out of a number of choices) and a vocabulary test (where the picture which best describes a word must be chosen). You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire about your child's behaviour. Your child will complete the planning task under four conditions (some of these conditions requiring them to carry simple verbal or tapping tasks simultaneously). This will all take place during a single 1 hour session. Your child will be offered a 10-minute break after completing the planning task, and is welcome to take short breaks whenever they wish during the study. You will also be asked to sign an informed consent form prior to the beginning of the experiment and afterwards you will be debriefed both verbally and with a written information sheet.

Eligibility criteria:

Your child must have normal or corrected-to-normal sight and hearing, and must NOT have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition, to take part.

You will be reimbursed for travel costs if proof is provided (e.g. bus or parking tickets) up to £10.

Further information

For further information please contact Mark Gibson at

Edit this page