Development, Feasibility, and Acceptability of a Nationally Relevant Parent Training to Improve Service Access During the Transition to Adulthood for Youth with ASD

Julie Lounds Taylor, Florencia Pezzimenti, Meghan M. Burke, Leann Smith DaWalt, Chung eun Lee, Carol Rabideau

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Abstract

Many youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face challenges accessing needed services as they transition to adulthood. The present study describes the development, feasibility and acceptability of a new intervention designed to teach parents of transition-aged youth with ASD about the adult service system and the most effective ways to access services and supports. As part of a randomized-controlled trial, the intervention—named ASSIST—was delivered to 91 participants in three states in the U.S. Results suggested that ASSIST is feasible and acceptable to participants. Though intended to be an in-person group-based program, due to COVID-19 restrictions ASSIST was primarily delivered online. Results and discussion explore the trade-offs and implications of these different treatment delivery modalities in relation to ASSIST.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Families
  • Intervention
  • Services
  • Transition to adulthood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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