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About Us

What is STEPS program?

STEPS is a NIH-funded research study. Utilizing a participatory process approach to program development, STEPS seeks to meet the self-identified needs of all central stakeholders including the student with ASD facing transition, the student’s parents or guardians, and the student’s secondary and post-secondary school. STEPS is more than just teaching about the transition process. It targets improved self-regulation (SR) and self-determination (SD) in young people with ASD, as these constructs are associated with quality of life and positive adult outcomes with respective to college adjustment and functional behavior.

The goals and Missions of STEPS

  • The goal of this NIH-funded research study is to develop a comprehensive program to promote successful transition of students with ASD from high school to post-secondary education.

  • STEPS gauges how successful transition is in many ways, including your comfort with the process and how ‘ready’ you feel to start college, as well as your parents’ preparedness. Ultimately, a successful transition is one in which the student starts college feeling ready, empowered, and excited to start this phase of life. And STEPS make this happen for you!

Join us Today!

We have by no means included all of the research and transition programs here, but we have tried to provide overviews of many of these. Families and educators who are enrolled in our STEPS program can log In to access program-specific materials and resources.Please feel free to use this website and check back frequently. It is a work in progress, and we add content frequently.


The goal of this website is to provide resources and suggestions for students, families, and educators on promoting successful transition to post-secondary education for young people with autism spectrum disorder. There are many scientists in the United States and elsewhere dedicated to working on improving outcomes for students with ASD.


What do we offer ?



Recruitment

Currently open to Southwest Virginia

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN!

STEP 1
How do we make the transition to college successful for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

We are conducting a study on a new program that targets successful transition of students with ASD from high school to post-secondary education. Enrollment is now open.

Participation in this study involves active involvement in a 16-week research intervention. We are enrolling high school students with a present ASD diagnosis who are at least 16 years old and interested in pursuing post-secondary education. The postsecondary transition support program involves in-person training meetings, online resources, teacher training sessions, and a campus immersion experience for the student. Students will also identify a trusted school personnel in order to help advise them through the transition process as well as involvement from their parents. Participation in the program is free, and students, parents, and school personnel are paid for completing assessments as part of the study. Students are randomly assigned to either Transition as Usual or the STEPS program. Those students who complete the Transition as Usual followed by the STEPS program can receive up to $115.00. Those who receive STEPS alone can receive up to $70.00 for completing study assessments.

If you would like more information concerning the research, please send an email to childstudycenter@gmail.com

Project website: http://www.stepsasd.org/steps/
Email: childstudycenter@gmail.com
Phone: 540-231-6744
STEP 2
How do we increase the chances of success in college for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

We are conducting a research intervention to promote success of students with ASD in post-secondary education.

Briefly, participation involves active involvement in a 16-week research intervention. We are enrolling students with a present ASD diagnosis who are 16-25 years old and enrolled in participating post-secondary educational institutions. The psychosocial intervention involves weekly individual coaching sessions, online resources, and outings within the campus community. Participants in this project receive a maximum compensation of $115.00 for their participation in assessments, awarded throughout the study’s duration.

If you would like more information concerning the research, please send an email to childstudycenter@gmail.com

Project website: http://www.stepsasd.org/steps/
Email: childstudycenter@gmail.com
Phone: 540-231-6744

Research & Other Transition Programs


Stay in touch with us

Address:

Child Study Center
460 Turner St NW #207
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Tel:

540-231-8276

Email:

childstudycenter@gmail.com



Andrea Sharpe, MS.
Graduate Research
Assistant
Virginia Tech
Yasuo Miyazaki, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator
Virginia Tech
Rebecca Elias
Graduate Research Assistant
Virginia Tech
Carlos Salinas
Graduate Research Assistant
Virginia Tech

Caitlin Connor, MS.
Graduate Research Assistant
Virginia Tech
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Research Assistant
Virginia Tech
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Research Assistant
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