Parents of Child with an Autism Disorder and Typically Developing Sibling Invited to Participate in SD Study

If you are a parent or caregiver of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (between the ages of 3 and 17) AND have another child that is typically developing (between the ages of 8-17) we need your help understanding the experiences of your children.

The purpose of this study is to examine how Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects specific components of sibling relationship quality. The components being examined are warmth and conflict. In addition, the study will examine how high or low levels of warmth and conflict in the sibling relationships are related to the typically developed child's emotions.

Results from this study will help further the knowledge of how the sibling relationship quality is affected within sibling pairs with ASD, and this can inform possible interventions and therapies aimed at enhancing the sibling relationship quality. Results from this study may also shed light on which areas of children's emotions are most impacted, and help the field of psychology better assist typically developing siblings of children with developmental disabilities in positive emotional development. By participating in this study you and your children with be eligible to enter into a drawing for Amazon gift cards. There will be two $50 gift cards for the parents and four $25 and five $10 gift cards drawn for the children.

Completing the study will take parents/caregivers approximately 20-25 minutes and typically developing siblings about 20-35 minutes Click the link below and follow the provided instructions. Your child can complete their portion of the study by doing the same.

For more information contact Emma Ranum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 605-677-5353.


Parent Intervention Research

If you or your child would like to participate in a study related to implementation fidelity (whether an intervention is put into practice in the same way that researchers plan) of interventions designed to teach spoken vocabulary to 3-5 year old children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Diagnosis, please contact:

Quanna Parker-McGowan


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Purpose: Compare if parents are more likely to implement an intervention in line with best practices when that intervention is parent initiated vs. child initiated.

Where: Intervention sessions will take place in the child's home. A researcher will visit the home to provide coaching sessions to the parent to teach tehm how to implement each type of intervention. All supplies will be provided at no cost.

What: We ask taht each parent and child commit to implementing an intervention in thier home approximately 30 minutes per day 5 days per week until the child has acquired target vocabulary words (approximately 3 weeks).


Emotional and Mental Health Study, University at Buffalo, New York

Hidetoshi Hama, a doctoral student in the Counseling & School of Psychology program at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, is conducting a research study on college-age individuals, both with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their beliefs about mental and emotional health. Individuals ages 18-25 years, with or without a formal ASD diagnosis, are invited to participate in this study. The online study should take less than 45 minutes to complete. Participant names will be entered into a drawing to win one of six $25 Amazon gift cards. Click here for more information and to participate. If you have questions about the materials or the study, contact Hidetoshi Hama at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  


Social and Behavioral Outcomes of Siblings of Children with Autism - Texas A&M University

Benjamin Karren, a Ph.D. student in School Psychology at Texas A&M University, currently is working on a research project that seeks to examine the behaviors and social skills of siblings of children with autism. The study aims to compare siblings of children with autism to siblings of typically developing children that are between the ages of 6-11. To participate, a parent must have two children with one child between the ages of 6-11. The project will investigate possible risk and resilience factors related to behaviors and social skills, which include family demographics and parental stress levels. Parents will be asked to complete a set of questionnaires and rating scales that should take approximately one hour. No travel is needed and all materials will be shipped to participants. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for one of six $50 gift cards. If you wish to participate or have questions contact Benjamin Karren at 802.683.1366 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Study for Parents of Adults with Autism

Christina Marsack, a doctoral candidate at Wayne State University in Michigan is conducting her dissertation research on parents of adult children with ASD. The study will examine the quality of life among parents of adult children with autism. In order to be eligible for participation, parents must be at least 50 years old and have an adult child diagnosed with ASD (18 years or older). The study includes a 15-minute online survey and is anonymous. To participate, click here. If you have questions, you can contact Marsack via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 248.961.0704.