|Age:||Parents of Children Age 2-8 years old|
|Keywords:||autism, newly diagnosed, children, parents, families|
We will ask you to participate in the study for about 1 year. You will be asked to fill out some forms and will have access to resources that may help you understand autism and the service system.
The specific resources you get will depend on which study group you are randomly assigned to. That means if you decide to join the study a computer will assign you to one of two groups. In one group, you will be asked to participate in weekly 30-60 minute meetings for about 12 weeks and then monthly for the rest of the year. These meetings can happen over the phone or in person with a peer parent coach, who also has a child with autism. You will also have access to a communication program called Parent Square to communicate wit h the peer coach and get on-line resources. This group will take about 25 hours for the whole study.
In the other group you will get access to resources about ASD and information you need to get services started but won’t meet with a peer coach. You will fill out a survey about once a month. The total time needed for this group will take about 8 hours for the whole study.
No matter which group you are assigned to, you will get resources to help you understand autism, how to navigate the service system, and other key topics that you may need such as information about challenging behaviors and communication.
The time may vary based on how much time you spend with the materials. In both groups, at the first meeting we will ask you for some information about yourself and your family, as well as your email and phone contact information. At the beginning of the study and every 3 months for a year, participants in both groups will be asked to fill out some surveys that ask about your community and families and how you are doing getting services for your child.
If you decide to participate, we will have you sign a consent form when we meet to do the first surveys. If you decide to enroll, you can stop your participation in the study at any time. Please know that all information you provide us as part of the study will be confidential. We will not share information without your permission.
We are recruiting parents living in the Sacramento and Yolo County areas with a child, 2-8 years old, who has received an autism diagnosis, but has not accessed autism-specific services yet (regular early intervention and school services are ok).
This is a parent education intervention, not a child intervention.
If your family size and corresponding annual income is equal to or less than what is listed below, you may be eligible for for the study.
2 Persons in family/household- $40,050 or less; 3 Persons in family/household- $50, 400 or less; 4 Persons in family/household- $60, 750 or less; 5 Persons in family/household- $71,100 or less; 6 Persons in family/household- $81,450 or less; 7 Persons in family/household- $91,850 or less; 8 Persons in family/household- $102, 250 or less;
There are some additional requirements we will review with interested parents during our first phone call.
Have any questions or want to learn more? Leave your contact details below and the research team will reach out to you.