RESEARCH STUDY: Caring for the Caregiver

RESEARCH STUDY: Caring for the Caregiver

A new research study from Surrey Place Centre and the University Health Network is looking to evaluate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for mothers of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


The Caring for the Caregiver research project is evaluating the benefits of Mom to Mom ACT.

Description of Treatment

  • ACT seeks to help individuals to struggle less with difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most important in a way that is loving and respectful
  • With an introduction to the concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop unwanted thoughts or feelings, but to develop a new mindful relationship with those experiences that can free a person up to being open, and to take action consistent with what they care about

Who Can Participate?

  • Any mother of a school-aged child with ASD 6-21 years of age
  • Fluency in English is required

What Do You Have To Do?

  • As participants in the project, you will need to attend the workshop and complete some questionnaires before and after the workshop
  • Participation in the workshop is free, and mothers will be provided with an honorarium for being part of the project along with funds to help cover childcare and transportation costs

For More Information

Please contact Megan Abou Chacra at (416) 535-8501 ext. 37832 or by email at

To view the study flyer for additional information, click here.