Mindful Parenting Study

Researchers at Northern Illinois University are looking for parents of children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) between kindergarten through fifth grade. This study will take 7 weeks to complete.  At the beginning of the study, you will be randomly assigned to either complete six, online mindful parenting sessions focused on mindfully interacting with your child (which means being present in the moment with your child) or to a control group, where you will not initially do the mindful parenting sessions.  At the beginning of the study, everyone will be asked questions about yourself and your relationship with your child with ASD.  Those immediately assigned to do the mindful parenting sessions will complete one 60-minute session each week for six weeks. Seven weeks after you have agreed to participate (and have completed the last parenting session for those in the intervention session), everyone will be asked to complete a similar set of questions. Those in the control group will be given access to the mindful parenting sessions after the completion of the second questionnaire if they are interested in experiencing the mindful parenting sessions on their own time. Participants can earn a total of $50 for participating in the study ($15 for the first survey at the beginning of the study and $35 at the end of the six weeks, which will be paid through PayPal; we can give you instructions to sign up if you don’t already have an account).

Participants must meet the following criteria in order to participate:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must live in the United States
  • Must have at least one child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
  • Child with autism spectrum disorder must be in kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Child with autism spectrum disorder must live in the same home as the parent
  • Must be able to read and write English

Download the Mindful Parenting Flyer here or contact Emily Padgett, at mindfulparentingASD@gmail.com if you are interested in participating or have additional questions. You can also click on this link to take the screening questionnaire: https://niu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aahnDsVjXBDHSSx.

The screening questionnaire ensures you meet the requirements necessary to participate in the study. The screening questionnaire will take approximately five minutes to complete and will ask you questions about you and the circumstances of your life. After you complete the screening questionnaire, you will be informed whether you qualify to participate in the study. If you qualify, you will either be randomly assigned to either complete six weekly, online mindful parenting sessions and answer two sets of questionnaires or you will be assigned to the control group. In the control group, you will answer two separate questionnaires, seven weeks apart. You will receive more information about each group once you respond to the screener and qualify for the study. If you complete the screener, you are not obligated to participate in the study. Click the link above to be directed to the screening questionnaire.
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For further information, please contact Emily Padgett, at mindfulparentingASD@gmail.com.