Research

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

OASIS Caregiver Training Research Project

The OASIS caregiver training is approximately 16-24 weeks long. During the training, you will complete web-based modules where you will: • learn to apply evidence-based skills with your child • receive guidance from a trained OASIS coach

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Parenting a Child with Autism and Stress from the Pandemic

Do you have a child with autism? Has the pandemic caused additional stress? If so, our support group is for you!

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Vocational Fit Assessment and Employment Status in People with Intellectual Disabilities

Researchers at the University of Florida are conducting a study to improve the Vocational Fit Assessment, a tool designed to help young adults, ages 18-22, with intellectual disabilities find a good job fit.

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Research opportunity

Aging Well in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Neurocognitive and Behavioral Development lab (NBDlab) is seeking autistic individuals and control participants between ages 30 and 75 years for a research study on sensorimotor skill and brain function of ASD.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Increasing Cooperation of Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Dental Procedures

The purpose of the study is to help children cooperate during dental exams through an in-home, caregiver-led intervention and clinical procedures when needed.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Girls with Autism

The purpose of this study is to understand how families of girls with autism spectrum disorder experience the process of getting a diagnosis and services for their daughter.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Social Skill and Autism

If you or your child exhibit difficulties with social skills and would like to learn strategies to make improvements in this area, consider enrolling in our study!

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Toilet Training & ASD

The Behavior Analysis Research Clinic at the University of Florida is conducting a research study to evaluate the best method for toilet training children with ASD.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Sleep Concerns?

The Behavior Analysis Research Clinic is evaluating sleep patterns and problem behavior in children.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Nutrition Education for Teens with ASD

BALANCE is an 8-week nutrition education program for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program is to inform youth with ASD about healthy eating and how to improve mealtime routines and eat a variety of foods.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

SPARK for Autism

Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research (SPARK) Online research partnership involving individuals with autism & their families, to speed up research & advance our understanding of autism. SPARK is sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI).

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Vocational Fit Assessment and Employment Status in People with Intellectual Disabilities

Goal: Explore the work-related experiences of people with intellectual disabilities.

Who can participate?

  • Adults with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, currently engaged in work activities
  • A person who knows them well and has been a part of their life for over a year (e.g., teacher, parent, job coach, employer)

Interview partners will:

  • Provide background information on the adult with intellectual disability
  • Talk about what they are good at or work history

How long with it take?

  • Each interview will take approximately 2 hours
  • There will be 3 interviews: now, in 12 months, and again in 24 months
  • Questions will be given to participant partners two weeks before to allow more time for reading and preparation
  • As a thank you gift, each participant partner will receive $40 for each interview (each partner can expect to receive $120)

To participate in the study or for more information, contact us to determine if you are eligible.
Elizabeth Kennelly-Smith, Research Coordinator
Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor University of Florida
University of Florida Department of Occupational Therapy
352-273-9365 or yell@phhp.ufl.edu


Aging Well in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Neurocognitive and Behavioral Development lab (NBD-lab) seeks autistic adults and control individuals for participation in a research study focused on healthy aging.
Aging, or getting older, might change someone’s brain function, motor skills, health condition, or how they feel about their life. By understanding how these things might change, in the future we might be able to help autistic adults stay heathier longer.

Eligible individuals will be requested to complete the following non-invasive tests:

  • Autism screening and diagnostic evaluation
  • Questions about medical, developmental, and family history
  • Tests of motor skill
  • Tests of brain anatomy and function
  • Questions about quality-of-life and happiness

Locations:
Tests are conducted at three locations on the UF Gainesville main campus, including the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), Florida Gymnasium, and McKnight Brain Imaging
Center.

Are you eligible?

  • Between the ages of 30 to 75 years
  • Received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), OR
  • Meet our requirement as a control participant

If you’re unsure if you meet the requirements please call or email the study team:
nbd.lab@phhp.ufl.edu
(352)-294-5309

This is NOT a treatment study. Participants will be compensated for their time and reimbursed for travel.
Study ID:IRB201801378 Date Approved: 10/2/2020


Exploring How Girls Get an Autism Diagnosis

If you are the parent or caregiver of a girl diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, you may be eligible to participate in a research study.

The purpose of this study is to understand how families of girls with autism spectrum disorder experience the process of getting a diagnosis and services for their daughter. This research study involves participating in one or two audio-recorded interviews to tell your story of getting an autism diagnosis and services for your daughter. Participants will receive a $20 gift card.

Location

  • One in-person interview will take place at the University of Florida or another Gainesville location of your choice.
  • We may invite you to participate in a second interview.

You might be eligible if you:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Are the parent or caregiver of a girl of any age who was diagnosed with autism within the past five years
  • Speak English
  • Can participate in an in-person interview in Gainesville, Florida

If you’re unsure if you meet the requirements, call or email a member of the study team:
Amber Angell, PhD, OTR/L
Principal Investigator (PI)
aangell@phhp.ufl.edu
352-273-6136

 Study ID:IRB201902919 Date Approved: 1/23/2020


Social Skill and Autism

If you or your child exhibit difficulties with social skills and would like to learn strategies to make improvements in this area, consider enrolling in our study!

Individuals diagnosed with autism often exhibit difficulties with day-to-day social interactions that could have a profound impact on their life.

The purpose of the current investigation is to identify possible social skill difficulties you or your child exhibit and to teach strategies to make improvements in these areas using various positive reinforcement-based procedures.

Procedures will include brief, 5 to 10-minute sessions lasting no more than 60 minutes per day. Because all individuals have different skill deficits, duration of participation will vary, but will terminate upon mastery of the target skills or after 4 months elapse. You or your children may withdraw from the study at any time.

Participants will not receive compensation.

Location
Telehealth appointments once or twice a week for a duration not to exceed 4 months.

Are you or your child eligible?

  • Must have a diagnosis of autism.
  • Must be between 3 and 25 years of age.
  • Must be able to vocally communicate.

If you’re unsure if you or your child meet the requirements, call or email a member of the study team:
Catherine Kishel, M.Ed., BCBA
Study Coordinator
Catherine.kishel@ufl.edu
352-273-2184
IRB-202001291


Toilet Training and ASD

The Behavior Analysis Research Clinic at the University of Florida is conducting a research study to evaluate the best method for toilet training children with ASD.

Requirements:

  • Must have a diagnosis of autism
  • Must be 1-13 years of age
  • Not currently toilet trained

Contact: Brandon C. Perez, UF Psychology, perezb@ufl.edu
Study ID: IRB201601732 Date Approved: 5/21/2020


Sleep Concerns?

The Behavior Analysis Research Clinic at the University of Florida is evaluating sleep patterns and problem behavior in children.

  • Required that the child not co-sleep.
  • Preferred that the child attends a clinic for ABA therapy, but not required.
  • All sleep analyses conducted in the home.

Contact: BARC@psych.ufl.edu


Virtual Group Nutrition Education for Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder

BALANCE (Bringing Adolescent Learners with Autism Nutrition and Culinary Education) is an 8-week nutrition education program for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program is to inform youth with ASD about healthy eating and how to improve mealtime routines and eat a variety of foods. Your child will receive a
45-min virtual session each week at no cost and have a chance to socialize with peers while enjoying food tasting and learning about nutrition.
The study has been approved by the University of South Florida.

To help us find out the impact of the program, you and your child will be invited to complete the following activities:

  • Survey about eating and/or activity habits and thoughts about healthy eating before and after the program (30-45 min)
  • Survey about your child and child’s ASD behaviors before and after the program (10-25 min)
  • Child’s height and weight measurements (5-10 min) before and after the program
  • Focus group or interview (30-45 min) after the program

Eligibility: You and your child are eligible to participate if you are the parent of an adolescent with ASD aged 12-21 years.
Compensation: Adolescents and parents will each receive a $25 gift card.

Contact: Acadia Buro at acadia@usf.edu or (727) 453-9951 if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.
Study # STUDY001206


Increasing Cooperation of Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Dental Procedures

Does your child have problem behavior at the dentist’s office, such as crying, self injury, or aggression?
Does your child have a hard time cooperating with routine dental procedures?
Are you interested in increasing your child’s cooperation at the dentist’s office?

Dr. Iser DeLeon and Izzy Schieber are recruiting participants for studies to teach children with developmental disabilities to cooperate with dental procedures. The purpose of the study is to help children cooperate during dental exams through an inhome, caregiver-led intervention and clinical procedures when needed.

If you are interested in obtaining more information, please contact Izzy Schieber at eschieber@ufl.edu
Study ID:IRB201903269 Date Approved: 4/23/2020


Parenting a Child with Autism and Stress from the Pandemic

Do you have a child with autism? Has the pandemic caused additional stress? If so, our support group is for you!

Solution Talk with Parents of Children with Autism
VIRTUAL GROUPS Tuesdays starting 1/26/21 @ 4:30pm for 5 weeks

  • Participate in a supportive group
  • Learn to identify and develop strengths
  • Explore strategies you can incorporate into family life

Contact us to learn more:
Dr. Pei-Fen Li at pli@nova.edu or the Brief Therapy Institute at (954) 262-3030
This is a research study about parents and main caregivers of children with autism
being conducted under the direction of Dr. Pei-Fen Li.
Department of Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University (IRB#2019-384)


OASIS Caregiver Training Research Project

The OASIS caregiver training is approximately 16-24 weeks long. During the training, you will complete web-based modules where you will:

  • learn to apply evidence-based skills with your child
  • receive guidance from a trained OASIS coach

What to expect during the weekly 1-hour sessions?
The OASIS Coaches will:

  • review the online information and answer questions
  • provide suggestions for activities to do with your child during the session
  • provide support and immediate feedback as you learn new skill to help your child


What are the informational modules and how do I access them?

  • Modules contain information related to teaching and caring for a child with communication and behavioral challenges
  • You can access the modules at home, a library or other location with internet access
  • You will complete online forms that help the provider tailor your weekly therapy sessions
  • OASIS coaches will help you to get started

Our services to your family will include:

  • Information about best practice and evidence-based approaches to use with your child
  • Instruction and support on how to promote independence, gain compliance, and teach your child appropriate replacement skills for problem behaviors
  • Strategies to advance your child’s social and academic skills, encourage generalization of new skills, and maintain learned skills
  • Help with accessing services available to your child at local and state levels
  • Techniques on developing effective methods of interacting and playing with your child

How do I qualify?
You must meet the following qualifications:

  • Your child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Your child is between 3 years and 0 months and 5 years 11 months.
  • Your child is receiving no more than 10 hours per week of intensive ABA
  • You must have access to a computer with camera, microphone and audio capabilities and reliable internet access.
  • You must be willing to commit to hour-long weekly sessions for a period of 16 to 24 weeks.
  • You must be willing to commit to completing the weekly online modules and assessments (approx.one hour) for a period of 16 to 24 weeks.
  • English must be your primary language.

For more information, please email the OASIS Project.
CENTER FOR AUTISM AND NEURODEVELOPMENT & THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
University of Florida
IRB202002454