Parent Coaching Research Study for Repetitive or Inflexible Behaviors (The FITBI Study)

What's the study about?

Researchers at the University of Kansas are currently recruiting for a study that provides parent coaching to address the repetitive or inflexible behaviors of autistic children between the ages of 3 to 9 years old. The Family-Implemented Treatment for Behavioral Inflexibility (FITBI) project partners eligible participants with a trained coach to receive individualized support via telehealth.

Who can participate?

  • We are enrolling children with autism between the ages of 3 and 9 years old.
  • Caregivers must speak English and be at least 18 years old.

What will participants be doing?

If you and your child qualify to participate, you will be partnered with a trained coach to receive free, individualized support. Here are a few important details about the research study:

  • The study will primarily take place via a secure telehealth video meeting system. Depending on family proximity, there also could be home visits to collect data.
  • Caregiver participation includes attending weekly telehealth sessions with a trained coach and completing online surveys and brief interviews about yourself and your child.
  • Participants can receive up to $120 in compensation for participating.
  • Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups.
  • Participants will be recruited from across the United States.

Why is this important?

Autistic children frequently engage in repetitive and inflexible behaviors, and sometimes these behaviors can significantly interfere with child learning, are associated with long-term functional impairment, and co-occurring psychiatric conditions (e.g., anxiety). However, there is a significant gap in effective interventions that address repetitive and inflexible behaviors. The FITBI Study partners caregivers of autistic children with trained therapists to provide coaching for inflexible or repetitive behaviors that are interfering with parent or child quality of life.