ASPEN Intervention Program

This project is ongoing.

The ASD Screening and Parent ENgagement (ASPEN) Intervention Program is a culturally-informed, parent-mediated intervention program that is designed to provide support and training to caregivers of children with or with an elevated likelihood for autism. This project is specifically focused on delivering the ASPEN Intervention to families in low-resource communities in Texas. All materials are available in English and Spanish. 

  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail, 

  • Ability to relate to persons from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, 

  • Knowledge of child development and/or developmental disabilities 

  • Experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and/or families 

  • Experience working with young children, children with disabilities and/or families 

  • Knowledge and skills in the use of office software and data management 

  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.  

  • Bicultural/bilingual (English/Spanish) (preferred, but not required) 

  • Assist in the coordination, management and oversight of the research study procedures 

  • Assist with submitting the IRB documents for study approval 

  • Conduct eligibility screening interviews with families 

  • Assist in the administration of baseline, post-intervention, and follow-up assessments

  • Receive training on a culturally informed parent-mediated intervention

  • Deliver parent-mediated intervention to families in Texas 

  • Manage a research database, data entry 

  • Coordinate meetings with community partners and key stakeholders 

  • Assist in the writing and submission of annual reports to the IRB 

  • Provide oversight for the data management plan as part of the funded research project 

Typical Time Commitment
5-15 hours a week
Desired Length of Commitment
1 year


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