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Online Promoting Resilience in Teens with ASD

February 1, 2022 - November 1, 2022

The goal of this study is to compare the usefulness of two different brief online interventions for improving coping skills and well-being in autistic teens. If successful, this study could lead to the development of a brief, effective intervention for stress, mood, and anxiety concerns in autistic teens that can be easily accessed and shared.

What are the goals of the study?

The purpose of the study is to test the usefulness of two different brief online interventions. These interventions may help to improve coping skills and to reduce stress, mood, and anxiety problems in teens. Specifically, we are testing whether one program (Intervention A) is more helpful than another program (Intervention B) in boosting coping skills and well-being in autistic teens immediately and 3 months later. Intervention A helps teens use ideas from brain science to understand and cope with everyday setbacks. Intervention B teaches skills related to understanding and sharing emotions. Both interventions are about 30 minutes long.

What will happen during the visit or online?

This study involves 2 virtual Zoom “visits.” During the first visit, teen participants and a caregiver will answer questionnaires about experiences, thoughts, and emotions, as well as the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teens will also complete an online activity which may improve emotional resilience and stress coping skills.

How will this help families?

Many autistic individuals also experience co-occurring anxiety and depression. Existing interventions are almost uniformly costly and time-intensive, which contributes to barriers for families affected by autism being able to access effective mental health services. Access to care challenges have been further exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. If successful, this study could the development of a brief, effective intervention for stress, mood, and anxiety concerns in autistic teens that can be easily accessed and shared, thereby increasing the ability for families affected by autism access helpful interventions.

Eligibility Criteria

We are seeking teens ages 11-16 years old diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and 1 caregiver that live in the United States.
Teens and caregivers must be able to understand and speak English well enough to complete questionnaires.
Teens must not have a significant cognitive impairment that would impact their ability to complete study activities.

View the study flyer here.

Contact Information
Research Study Website
Social Competence and Treatment Lab at Stony Brook University

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