The purpose of this paper is to describe a community-engaged evidence-based program (EBP) adaptation process informed by existing frameworks that incorporates program theory and recommendations from professionals and members of the target population, or parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To inform adaptation, we conducted qualitative interviews, recorded detailed process notes, convened an implementation team, and completed a pilot study of the adapted program. We present a five-phase, systematic adaptation process that resulted in Autism Parent Navigators, a 6-week in-home coparenting program delivered by peer support parents to parents of young children recently diagnosed with ASD. The adaptation process highlighted could be used to adapt other EBPs for ASD. Future research on adaptation processes used in community contexts is imperative to maximize the potential for EBPs to improve well-being for children with ASD and their parents.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science