NIDILRR Program Database Detailed Record.

Project Type/Research Category: Field Initiated Projects (FIPs).

Funding Priority: Community Living and Participation.
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Parents Taking Action: A Parent Training Intervention for Latino Immigrant Families.

This project has completed its research activities and is now closed.  Check REHABDATA for documents.

The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
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M/C 154.
Chicago, IL 60607.

Principal Investigator: Sandra M. Magaña, PhD.
Public Contact Phone: 312/355-4537.
Fax: 312/966-6465.
Project Number: 90IF0072 (formerly H133G140128). About grant numbers.
Start Date: October 1, 2014.
Length: 36 months.
NIDILRR Officer: Joyce Y. Caldwell.
NIDILRR Funding: FY 14 $196,215; FY 15 $199,916; FY 16 $188,110.
Abstract: This project evaluates a parent education program designed to meet the needs of Latino parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This intervention draws from existing knowledge about autism, treatments, services, and strategies and makes it accessible to the Spanish-speaking Latino community in a culturally competent and cost-effective way. The curriculum for this program is delivered by community health educators and/or promotoras de salud, who are parents of children with autism. Participants are Spanish-speaking mothers who have a child between the ages of 2 and 8 with an ASD and who receive 14 weeks of home visits from the promotora. The promotora delivers intervention content using an interactive approach. The first part of the intervention includes understanding autism symptoms and diagnosis, evidence-based interventions, advocacy, reducing stress, and explaining their child’s behavior to others. The second part of the intervention teaches parents how to reduce problem behaviors and improve their child’s social and communication skills. Measures of caregiver outcomes (family empowerment, caregiver efficacy, and use of targeted intervention strategies) and child outcomes (autism-related symptoms, services received) are collected pre- and post-intervention and at two additional follow-up points.
Descriptors: Autism, Children, Community services, Developmental disabilities, Intervention, Latinos, Parents, Treatment.

Documents in REHABDATA:
A randomized waitlist-control group study of a culturally tailored parent education intervention for Latino parents of children with ASD.

Latino families' experiences with autism services: Disparities, capabilities, and occupational justice.

Parents taking action: A psycho-educational intervention for Latino parents of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Parents taking action: Reducing disparities through a culturally informed intervention for Latinx parents of children with autism.