A Peer-to-Peer Support Research Study

Family Connection of South Carolina is partnering with the University of South Carolina and Pennsylvania State University to conduct a research study to examine the helpfulness of two different parent support programs. We are studying different ways that parent peer support can help parents navigate new changes, home life, and accessing treatments and services for their child with Autism. In this study, you and your child’s other parent/co-parent will receive information, support, and guidance about parenting a child with Autism and navigating services from a parent who has experience themselves.

How does it work?

By participating in this study, you will be placed into either the Parent Navigator Program or the Parent Mentor Program. Both programs require participation from two adults who share parenting responsibilities. You will receive one-on-one support and mentoring from an experienced parent of a child with autism. The mentor will answer questions you might have about the autism diagnosis, services available in the community, and how to access them. The mentor will also support you in ways to connect with your child, take care of yourself as a parent, and work together as a parenting team. 

Participants can earn up to $175 each by:

  • Participating in up to 6 support sessions with an experienced and trained parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Completing online questionnaires that will ask about you, your child, your satisfaction with services, and how you work together as a family to raise your child.   
  • Completing a web-video interview in which you will interact and play with your child.


You may be eligible if:

☐ Your child has been diagnosed with Autism within the last 9 months

☐ Your child is between the ages of 2 and 8

☐ You share parenting responsibilities with another adult

Contact Family Conneciton of South Carolina for more information by phone at 803-451-6280 or by email at [email protected]

*IRB Approved, Randomized study developed with the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work