Researchers at the University of Maryland at College Park are looking for 3- to 17-year-old children or youth with autism and their peer-type family member, who is either (a) 5-12 years old and older than the autistic child/youth; OR (b) 13-17 years old and older or younger than the autistic child/youth, to participate in a sibling-collaborative video-based learning to support for everyday skills.
The research study will take place via Zoom for approximately 3 months and involve the following procedure. Sessions can be scheduled 2-3 times/week following the order below.
● 5-minute questionnaire
● 5-10minutes observation of the child engaging in the everyday skills for about 1-2 weeks
● 20-minute training for peer-type family member to use video-based learning for about 2-3 weeks
● 20-minute session for review, observation, and feedback for child and peer-type family member for about 3-4 weeks
● 5-minute observation of the child/youth engaging in everyday skills for about 1-3 times after the training is over.
● 5-minute survey for caregiver & 10-minute Zoom session with child/youth and peer-type family member to ask for feedback about the research processAll sessions will be video-recorded, and permission to video record is required for participation.Families will receive a $25 Amazon gift card after completing all parts of the research study. If you terminate early, you will still receive the gift card.

If you meet the following criteria and are interested, to learn more about the study, please contact us at [email protected]

● You are a caregiver of an autistic child/youth of ages 3 to 17 years who can listen to or understand English appropriate for children or youth (age 3-17).
● Your child with autism has a peer-type family member such as a sibling or a cousin, who ages between 5 to 12 years old AND older than the child with autism or 13 to 17 years old and older or younger than the child with autism. This peer-type family member should have age-appropriate language; be interested in playing with their family member with autism; follow 2-step directions; and have used a tablet or mobile device to watch videos.
● You are 18 years or older and a legal guardian or caregiver of both autistic child/youth and the peer-type family member.
● You are available to set up Zoom for each research session 2-3 times/week for 3 months and to participate in a role-play activity for approximately 5 minutes with the peer-type family member 2-3 times/week for 2-4 weeks during the training phase.