COMPASS for Life

The Autism Services Research Group seeks to advance research that improves the quality of life of children, youth, and autistic adults by supporting self advocates, parents, teachers, and service providers through purposeful planning, guidance, and coaching support.

Autism Services Research Group

The Autism Services Research Group seeks to advance research that improves the quality of life of children, youth, and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by supporting their parents, teachers, and service providers.

To improve outcomes, understanding the whole person is essential and collaboration between parents and caregivers, family members, teachers, and therapists is vital for achieving balance and success.

Our research involves the development and testing of interventions and the study of services and outcomes of interventions. We emphasize research that has direct implications for community-based services, the shortage of trained professionals, and the need for interventions that have positive effects for all children, youth, and adults using personalized treatment planning.

Our primary work in COMPASS helps address our goals. With NIH funding, we are developing and testing a training package to support COMPASS consultants in the schools. To learn more about being a COMPASS consultant, contact us.

Teacher Burnout

With funding from the Institute of Education Science, we are beginning to help address the shortage of special educators. We are adapting and testing a special education teacher wellness and burnout intervention called BREATHE-EASE. We are in our final year, conducting a randomized controlled trial of our intervention.

We welcome you to explore our website and please feel free to contact us with any questions.