Research Guides

These individual guides to the research tools were developed as part of the Inclusive Practice for Research with Children with Disability: A Guide. This page contains the following content:

Guide to communicating with children with disability

The core of any research or consultation with children is building good communication between researcher and child. This guide offers a set of basic communication tips for working with children with disability.

Guide to Getting to know the child

This guide suggests a number of activities to help the child to feel comfortable with the researcher and help the researcher to learn more about the child.

Photo library guide

This guide explains how to use the Photo Library, which helps children to show and explain their answers to the research questions.

Guide to using the Story in a bag tool

Story in a bag offers the child an opportunity to tell their story using a selection of familiar objects.

Sound library guide

This process uses short audio recordings of local sounds to help the child communicate answers to the research questions.

Guide to using the Doll tool

This process uses a doll to help the child communicate consent and dissent or answers to the research questions.

Guide to using the Drawing tool

This guide explains how to invite the child to draw pictures to help them communicate their answers.

Guide to using the Camera tool

Children take photos of things that are important in their lives.

Guide to using the Walkabout – guided tour tool

This process involves a child taking researchers on a walking tour of his or her community.

Guide to using the Story telling tool

This tool draws on the process of story telling to encourage the child to talk about his or her experiences.

Guide to using the Feeling OK tool

This tool is designed as a strategy to ensure children’s safety during the data collection process.

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