Expectations of Speech and Language Therapy
WHAT IS THIS SURVEY ABOUT?
This survey is designed to gain information about parents' expectations of speech and language therapy for children in the Republic of Ireland. In particular it is interested in what parents expect of the speech and language therapist and what role (if any) they expect parents to have in speech and language therapy for children.

WHO IS THIS SURVEY FOR?
This survey seeks to get information from parents who have never worked with a speech and language therapist before. These may be parents whose children have no reason to see a speech and language therapist or parents whose children are waiting to be seen for the first time by a speech and language therapist.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
This survey should take 10 - 15 minutes to complete.

WHY IS THIS DATA BEING COLLECTED?
The data collected will be used as part of a PhD research study being conducted by Eibhlin Gorman (Speech and Language Therapist and PhD Candidate). This wider PhD project aims to explore the experiences of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders = who are accessing speech and language therapy in Ireland. In particular the project focuses on parents' perception of their role in therapy. The data may be published as part of this research project and/ or presented at research conferences. As the data may be used for publication, any data collected will be retained securely for a five-year period to comply with potential audits from publishers.

WHAT DOES TAKING PART INVOLVE?
Taking part in this survey will involve giving 10 - 15 minutes of your time. You will be asked to provide information about what work you imagine a speech and language therapist to do, what work you imagine parents do, as well as general expectations and understandings about speech and language therapy.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND BENEFITS INVOLVED?
You may risk developing inattention or temporary fatigue by taking part. If you have a child who is waiting for a speech and language therapy assessment you may become anxious when completing this questionnaire, as you may begin to think about your child and the reasons they require an assessment. However, participating may help to improve the information provided to parents who are awaiting their child's first assessment. This may help to improve user experiences of the health service.

WILL MY ANSWERS BE CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes. All information gathered will be anonymous. Details regarding your country of residence are requested. However, identifying information such as names of participants or exact geographic areas are not required. All data collected will be held confidentially and individual survey responses will only be available for view by the researcher and her research supervisor (Dr. Martine Smith)

IS PARTICIPATION VOLUNTARY?
Yes. You can withdraw from the survey at any point by ceasing to respond to the survey questions. However any information provided prior to the point of withdrawal will be saved and cannot be deleted.

WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
You can contact Eibhlin Gorman at gormane@tcd.ie. Alternatively you can contact Martine Smith
(mmsmith@tcd.ie)

EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Statement:
Please note that note that no personal data will be stored or retrieved for the purposes of this research. Data held will be anonymous and stored confidentially.
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