Randomized Controlled Studies
Randomized Study of Web-based vs Face-to-Face COMPASS Consultation for Teachers of Students with Autism
Lee Ann Jung, Ph.D being recognized at a UK Basketball game by President Todd and his wife for our grant funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
We received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (grant number: 1RC1MH089760) to examine three types of professional development training and compare their effects on child and teacher outcomes. We recruited 49 children and teachers. Of these teachers, 15 received only basic online autism training, 15 received consultation from the research team followed by face-to-face teacher coaching, and 14 received consultation followed by web-based teacher coaching. Findings have been presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research and at the American Psychological Association.
Our pilot study "Outcomes of Teacher Training in Autism" evaluated the effectiveness of a parent-teacher collaborative consultation training approach, known as COMPASS (Ruble & Dalrymple, 2002) . Preliminary findings are positive and our current research builds upon our findings. The study which was sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (Grant number 1R34MH073071-01A1) has been completed. Read the UK College of Education research brief about Dr. Ruble's research in 2008.
Community Services Studies
Public vs. private insurance: Cost, user, accessibility, and outcomes of services for children with autism spectrum disorders
Parents/caregivers completed a survey regarding recent usage of nine specific services- inpatient care, medication management, counseling or training, individual therapy, in-home behavior therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, case management, and respite care.
In an era in which evidence based practices are becoming the standard of care, there is little evidence that the current array of services commonly delivered for those with autism is helpful. This study describes community-based service utilization and caregiver-rated outcomes of services on symptoms of 13 children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
Although Medicaid is the largest public payer of behavioral health services, information on access and utilization of services is lacking, and no data on the frequency of service use or types of services provided for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are available.
A report by Dr. Lisa Ruble sought to provide a unified voice to assist Kentucky State Interagency Council for Services in understanding the needs of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. This consortium consisted of professionals and parents who represented various support groups from across the state as well as parents representing themselves and their children.