Translating Evidence-based Interventions for Autism: Multi-Level Implementation Strategy

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Age: 18 and older
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Keywords: autism, therapy, school
Type: Behavioral study
590 Participants
This study will be conducted in community clinics and schools in California. Study staff will be housed at three sites:
1. UC San Diego at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) (coordinating site)
2. UC Davis

The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of the strategies to enhance provider training in two evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study is being conducted to help improve services provided to families with a child with ASD. AIM HI (Individualized Mental Health Intervention") is a package of strategies for therapists to use with children with ASD . this study will examine the teaching meathods to implement AIM HI.
Who can participate

The combined multi-level sample for both studies will include 74 programs/districts, 148 agency/district leaders, 590 providers (average of 8 per program/district) and 590 parents (1 per provider). It is estimated that an additional 590 participants will complete the 360 Organizational Assessment. Providers are expected to be approximately 85% female and 35% Hispanic. Parent participants are expected to be approximately 80% female and 60% Hispanic.

Mental health programs will be those providing publicly funded psychotherapy services to children in San Diego, Sacramento and LA Counties. Districts will be those providing public education services to elementary school children with ASD in San Diego, Sacramento and LA Counties.

Inclusion Criteria for Leaders

(1) Identified as Program Managers at an enrolled site or identified as Program Specialist in an enrolled program/district

Inclusion Criteria for Providers

Employed at a participating program/district Employed for at least the next 7 months Has an eligible child on current caseload/classroom (see below) Did not participate in the AIM HI or CPRT effectiveness studies Inclusion Criteria for Parent Participants (enrolled in a dyad with participating provider)

Has a child age 3-13 years. Has a child with a current ASD diagnosis on record or a primary educational classification of autism as indicated in school records Inclusion Criteria for 360 degree Organizational Assessment

Identified as a leader or provider at enrolled site Linked to a participant leader (either as a supervisor or direct report)

Recruitment period
From Aug. 17, 2017
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Research Topic
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

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