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STUDY BASICS

Are you the parent of an African American/Black child aged 7-11 who has autism or a related disorder? You and your child may be able to participate in a research study to find out if a new therapy can help autistic children improve their coping and problem-solving skills. This study includes two 30-minute sessions per week conducted via Zoom. Compensation is provided.


STUDY PURPOSE

Children who have autism and related disorders may benefit from therapy, but research is limited about which type of therapy is best. The purpose of this study is to find out if a new therapy designed to develop a child’s “inner speech”—the voice in our heads we use to think—can help autistic children improve their coping and problem-solving skills. Researchers hope their findings lead to better ways to help  African American autistic children become independent problem-solvers and communicators.   


COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
  • Parent of a child aged 7-11
  • Child identifies as African American/Black
  • Child is diagnosed with autism or a related disorder
  • Child is able to communicate verbally 
  • Child & parent are English-speaking
  • Have WiFi and access to the use of computer or electronic tablet

WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

This study involves two weekly 30-minute therapy sessions with you and your child over a period of eight weeks. Therapy sessions will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Parents will be also asked to complete three online questionnaires (about 20 minutes each) and a 15-minute therapy satisfaction survey.


IRB:
  STUDY20040005B - Addressing Autism in African American Families



NO IN-PERSON VISITS REQUIRED
 
Age Range
AGE:   18 and up

Duration DURATION:  10-12 weeks
VISITS:  16

Location LOCATION: 
Online
Compensation COMPENSATION: 

Yes

Phone Number PHONE NUMBER:
1-866-438-8230
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Valire Copeland

Valire Copeland, PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the School of Social Work and Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. Dr. Copeland’s research and publications have focused directly on minority health and mental health disparities in service delivery, program planning, and treatment engagement for women and children. Her current scholarship focuses on culturally appropriate engagement and intervention strategies and their impact on health and mental health status.




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