COMPASS for Life

The Autism Services Research Group

The Autism Services Research Group (ASRG) 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.

What is COMPASS and how does it better serve children?
Hear from Dr. Lisa Ruble on how COMPASS is for Life.

Let’s Work Together

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.

This Brief examines COMPASS – the Collaborative Model for Promoting Competence and Success – a consultation-based intervention specialized for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Based on the Evidence-Based Practices in Psychology (EBPP) framework, the volume describes the processes that strengthen the expert support relationships between consultant and teacher (i.e., implementation) and between teacher and student (i.e., intervention). In addition, the Brief addresses how consultation methods work within COMPASS, with teachers learning from consultants’ implementation methods to tailor instructions that are specific to students’ educational and personal factors. This unique framework corresponds with current, widespread research and aims to provide more effective educational services for students with ASD during their crucial formative years.

L’aumento del numero di bambini con diagnosi di disturbi dello spettro autistico significa che più studenti con ASD entrano nella scuola materna e nelle classi elementari. Per questi giovani studenti, l’istruzione individualizzata verso obiettivi misurabili è fondamentale per un’istruzione efficace. Il programma COMPASS – The Collaborative Model for Competence and Success per gli studenti con disturbi dello spettro autistico – è stato sviluppato per migliorare i risultati di questi studenti nel contesto unico della loro vita.

The Collaborative Model for Competence and Success per gli Studenti con ASD costruisce competenze di consulenza e conoscenza dell’ASD mentre si lavora con le famiglie e gli insegnanti in un programma di consultazione sistematico ed empiricamente supportato. Il libro offre un quadro per la valutazione individualizzata e la pianificazione del programma basata sulle esperienze di vita degli studenti insieme al contributo della famiglia e dell’insegnante. Allo stesso tempo, la sua strategia di consulenza/coaching a due livelli è progettata per ridurre al minimo le battute d’arresto che si verificano anche in situazioni familiari e scolastiche ottimali. Protocolli, script, moduli ed esempi di casi sono inclusi per una guida completa per facilitare l’apprendimento di successo.

What else have we been working on?

Teacher Burnout and Attrition

  • 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.

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