HANDS as CTSI Service Core

HANDS in Autism® is a Designated Service Core of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) that brings together the state’s brightest minds to solve Indiana’s most pressing health challenges through research. CTSI is a statewide partnership among Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and numerous life sciences businesses, government entities and community organizations.

The Indiana CTSI Research Service Cores and Resources are your aid to locate instrumentation and services suited to your research.

Click on the tabs below to explore research, service, and consultation opportunities offered through HANDS in Autism as a Service Core

  • Individuals and families
  • School personnel
  • Healthcare providers
  • Community members
Consultations pertaining to:
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental or intellectual disabilities (DD/ID), and other neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and special education
  • Behavioral and educational assessment and intervention
  • Implementation science and practice in the community
  • Caregiver, teacher and provider training
  • Program evaluation and gap analyses
Development and use of behavioral and educational measures to assess:
  • Sample profiles
  • Impact of intervention at the level of individuals, families, service providers and other stakeholders
  • Impact of interventions at the community and/or state level
  • Change in knowledge about disabilities and evidence-based practices
  • Application of knowledge related to evidence-based practices
  • Implementation of evidence-based practices in educational, medical and other community practice settings
  • Analyses of needs and gaps related to services (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Conducting and/or guiding behavioral, educational, functional, and/or vocational assessments
  • Assisting program evaluation efforts targeted to a range of community stakeholders
  • Broadening community and research profiles and activities across participant groups
  • Sharing data and information related to extensive literature and statewide gap analyses related to ASD
  • Sharing and/or adapting of internally derived measures ranging in scope from gap analyses to knowledge and implementation of ABA-based interventions
  • Facilitating implementation science efforts to guide programming as well as mixed methods and other research designs
  • Consulting related to specialty content areas of:
    • applied behavior analysis (ABA)
    • special education
    • autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities (e.g., ID/DD)
    • implementation science and practice in the community
    • caregiver, teacher, and provider skills training

Currently Available Measures/Instruments

If you would like to use any of our measures in your research, please contact us at hands@iupui.edu

Measure NameMeasure DescriptionFormatPopulationParticipate
Assessment of Knowledge-Expanded (AoK-E, HANDS in Autism®, 2009)assesses application of evidence-based practices encompassed within the HANDS Model curriculum45-minute survey
(.75 hours)
Educators, Medical Providers, Service Providers
Autism Knowledge Survey-Revised (AKS-R, HANDS in Autism®, 2005)assesses knowledge of the general characteristics, interventions, and diagnoses of ASD10-15 minute survey
(.25 hours)
Educators, Medical Providers, Service Providers, Community, FamilyOngoing research open to public
Exploring Autism Spectrum Disorder thru Lived Experiences (ASDLE; HANDS in Autism®, 2013)multi-modal system comprised of a survey, information interview series, and focus group toolkit that is assesses stakeholder needs15-30 min survey (.5 hours), 40-60 min intervention (1 hour)Educators, Medical Providers, Service Providers, Community, Family
HANDS-Assessment for Collaboration Tool (HANDS-ACT, 2014)brief, environmental screening tool for the implementation of EBPs completed via observation, review of records, and interview to assess programming elements related to Physical Structure, Visual Structure, Schedules, Choreography, Prompting, Behavioral Responding, areas of Broad Program Implementation/Screening30 min observation, review and interview (.5 hours)Educators, Medical Providers, Service Providers, Community, Family
Indiana Autism Needs Assessment (HANDS in Autism, 2014)HANDS in Autism® is conducting an Assessment of Needs in ASD Resources and Services in the State of Indiana. The data collected serves to inform the State and best guide recommendations for policies, processes, services, and programming as it pertains to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Indiana.10-15 min survey, interview, focus groupIndividuals with ASD, Educators, Medical Providers, Service Providers, Community, FamilyOngoing research open to public
Participant Profile Inventory (HANDS in Autism®, 2013)measurement of general background, demographic, and practice characteristics20-minute survey
(.5 hours)
Educators, Medical Providers, Service Providers, Community, Family
Reinforcer Checklist (HANDS in Autism®, 2005)rating scale to identify potential preferred objects or activities that may serve as reinforcers and provides information to other potential reinforcers10-15 minute survey
(.25 hours)
Educators, Medical Providers, Service Providers, Community, Family
SchoolWORK™ (HANDS in Autism®, 2007)a task analyzed assessment of the implementation of EBPs on behalf of the teacher and educational setting staff via observation, review of records, and interview with school personnel, to assess the five noted and essential domains of programming (i.e. Program Design, Assessment, Environmental Control, Teaching, Behavior Intervention)2-3 hour observation, record review, and interviewEducators
Sensory Considerations Checklist (HANDS in Autism®, 2005)rating scale that provides information about different sensory factors that could be uncomfortable or difficult10-15 minute survey
(.25 hours)
Educators, Medical Providers, Service Providers, Community, Family
Survey of Autism Awareness and Practice (SAAP) in Medicine (HANDS in Autism®, 2011)assesses the knowledge, awareness, perceptions, attitudes, preferences and needs of healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) and care providers (e.g., social workers, office staff, etc.) with sections related to personal demographics, current and past role(s) and setting(s), relevant training(s), familiarity and/or use of evidence-based strategies, attitudes and knowledge related to ASD74-item survey
(.50 hours)"
Medical Providers, Service Providers