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Family Collaboration on Video-Learning

May 5, 2023 - May 5, 2024

The current study will be conducted by a research team at the University of Maryland College Park, via Zoom and aims to teach peer type family members (PFM) such as siblings or cousins of autistic children/youth to use video prompting to support daily living skills. The primary aim of the study is to examine the PFM fidelity of implementation using a single-case design across 10 child-family member dyads. The secondary aim is to examine the effects of PFM-implemented video prompting on daily living skills of children or youth with autism using a single-case design across the same 10 dyads. The third aim of the study is to descriptively analyze the social validity of the intervention by having the participants complete an anonymous survey (for caregivers) or a Zoom session (for child/youth and the PFM). The findings will provide implications for family-involved learning of daily living skills using virtual coaching in natural settings. This study is important because autistic children and youth have benefited from step-by-step directions to learn daily routines including mealtime, brushing teeth, or doing laundry or dishes. For example, video prompting has been shown to be effective to introduce cooking, academic, functional, and social skills. Previous research shows that peer-type family members (PFM) such as siblings successfully implement interventions to support diverse skills for autistic children/youth. Thus, the use of PFM-implemented video prompting could be beneficial to support the daily living skills of children or youth with autism.

What are the goals of the study?

The study attempts to teach PFMs of autistic children/youth to use video prompting to support daily living skills. The main goal is to examine the PFM fidelity of implementation using a single-case design across 10 child-family member dyads. The secondary aim is to examine the effects of PFM-implemented video prompting on daily living skills of the same children/youth with autism. Finally, the study descriptively analyzes the social validity of the intervention by interviewing the participants.

What will happen during the visit or online?

The study will take place via Zoom for approximately 3 months with 2-3 sessions per week and the following procedure: • 5-minute questionnaire • 5-10 minutes observation of the child engaging in the everyday skills (about 1-2 weeks) • 20-minute training for PFM to use video-based learning (about 2-3 weeks) • 20-minute session for observation of, and feedback for child and PFM (about 3-4 weeks) • 5-minute observation of the child/youth engaging in everyday skills (about 1-3 times) after the training is over • 5-minute survey for caregiver, and 10-minute Zoom session with child/youth and PFM to ask for feedback about the research process

How will this help families?

We hope to better understand how peer type family members such as siblings or cousins could participate in home-based daily living skills learning and practice for autistic individuals using video clips and video prompting. Specifically, we want to understand how family members can receive training via a virtual platform, and implement the intervention to fidelity. Additionally, we want to examine how effective it is for a sibling or a cousin to facilitate video-based learning of daily living skills on the autistic individual’s outcome. Finally, we want to understand how feasible and relevant these training and intervention strategies are for caregivers, autistic individuals, and their peer type family members.

Eligibility Criteria

If you meet the following criteria and are interested, to learn more about the study, please contact us at accel@umd.edu:

  • You are a caregiver of an autistic child/youth of ages 3 to 17 years who can listen to or understand English appropriate for children or youth (age 3-17)
  • Your child with autism has a peer-type family member such as a sibling or a cousin, who ages between 5 to 12 years old AND older than the child with autism or 13 to 17 years old and older or younger than the child with autism. This peer-type family member should have age-appropriate language; be interested in playing with their family member with autism; follow 2-step directions; and have used a tablet or mobile device to watch videos.
  • You are 18 years or older and a legal guardian or caregiver of both autistic child/youth and the peer-type family member.
  • You are available to set up Zoom for each research session 2-3 times/week for 3 months and to participate in a role-play activity for approximately 5 minutes with the peer-type family member 2-3 times/week for 2-4 weeks during the training phase.

View the study flyer here.

Contact Information

Contact Shehzad Iqbal Awasi at aacel@umd.edu

Research Study Website
University of Maryland College Park Autism, Family, Culture and Communication Education Lab

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