This study, conducted by researchers at the University of Washington, aims to redesign and pilot test an evidence-based family intervention (RUBI) for autism and behaviors that interfere with quality of life and self-determination in partnership with autistic adults, their caregivers, and their providers to ensure that the redesigned intervention is appropriate and effective for this community. We believe this study is important because autistic adults and their families are currently the most underserved population of autistic individuals. Additionally, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network recently called for increased work to help autistic adults with challenging behaviors and their supporters. We hope that this study can help make progress toward meeting this need for the autistic community.
What are the goals of the study?
In partnership with autistic individuals, their caregivers, and their providers, we hope to redesign an intervention for families of adults with autism and behaviors that interfere with their quality of life. We also hope to test the redesign intervention with ten families to ensure the redesigned intervention is feasible and appropriate for families.
What will happen during the visit or online?
There are two phases to this study:
For Phase 1, we are looking to recruit autistic adults, caregivers of autistic adults, and providers who service autistic adults. Focus group members will be asked to review materials about an established intervention for families of autistic children and answer questions in a 2 hour focus group regarding the applicability of the intervention for adults and suggestions for improving fit with families of autistic adults. Participants in Phase 1 will also be asked to fill out short surveys about the intervention during the focus groups. Participants will be compensated $100 for participating in focus groups.
For Phase 2, we are looking to recruit autistic adults and their caregivers to pilot the redesigned intervention. Families will be asked to attend 8-10 weeks of intervention (1 hour/week) at a time that is convenient for them. They will also be asked to fill out surveys about themselves and the intervention 4 times throughout the intervention. Participants will each be compensated $25 for each set of surveys.
How will this help families?
Currently, autistic adults and their families report having an extremely hard time accessing services. We hope that by redesigning a short term, evidence-based intervention for autistic adults with behaviors that interfere with their quality of life and their families, we can help expand access to this service and give autistic adults and their families tools to improve self-determination and quality of life.