HANDS in Autism® as a CTSI Service Core

Extending the overall goal of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), the CTSI Service Cores facilitate and serve to accelerate the conduct of clinical and translational science research. The CTSI Service Cores and additional programs offered through CTSI connect investigators with expertise in a wide range of fields relevant to clinical and translational research. Services offered the HANDS in Autism® CTSI Service Core are as follows:

Assistance in recruitment and/or evaluation efforts involving parents and/or schools:

The HANDS Core will be able to facilitate departments during recruitment efforts that necessitate a broader community profile and/or community involvement extending across schools, healthcare settings, caregivers, individuals, and community members, given the presence of the HANDS team in a number of these networks and active facilitation of community cadres. Extending beyond the range of settings for which HANDS can facilitate involvement and recruitment, the HANDS team serves a range of ages spanning from early childhood through adulthood and across functioning levels.

Consultations with regards to assessments, interventions and study participation regarding ASD and other developmental disabilities:

The HANDS team ascribes to the implementation of evidence-based practices in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. HANDS trainers use up-to-date assessments and measures both in training and treatment contexts given the diverse audiences served by the HANDS team (e.g., pediatricians, family practice physicians, physician specialists, nurses, dentists, therapists, support staff, school administrators and staff, families, and community providers). The interdisciplinary composition of the HANDS team (i.e., clinical psychologist, school psychologist, special educators, public health and educational design/technology professionals) allows for further diversification and expertise in regards to assessments, measures, and interventions used in supporting professionals across settings.

Use and generation of various behavioral and educational measures to characterize the sample and/or measure treatment impacts of children with disabilities:

The HANDS team uses several internally developed measures that assess and monitor outcomes related to changes in knowledge, application, and implementation of evidence-based practices in educational settings. Measures are specific to basic intervention and programming constructs as well as broader programmatic assessments related to best practices in ASD services. Results from assessments are beneficial in a pre/post and ongoing context dependent upon the intervention and desired frequency of measurement. Measures are available at both the student and adult level in regards to student outcomes or teacher/trainee outcomes.

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