Autism Parent Navigators
APN is designed for couples with a young child recently diagnosed with ASD. In APN, couples are defined as any two individuals who plan to care for the child together and can include the parent and another individual such as a grandparent or new romantic partner.
Parent Navigators deliver APN to couples in six weekly classes.
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings
Parent Navigators deliver APN in person to a couple in their home.
Education, Certifications and Training
Parent Navigators must have lived experience as the parent of a child diagnosed with ASD. APN recommends that Parent Navigators complete the APN training program. APN training covers facilitation strategies such as fostering supportive relationships, building rapport with parents, promoting parent empowerment, giving advice, active listening, checking biases, sharing their own parenting experiences, managing conflict, and practicing self-care. In addition, training provides guidelines for visiting the home, such as appropriate behavior, safety, and mandated reporting. Parent Navigators also get training specific to ASD, including avoiding assumptions based on the Parent Navigator’s own parenting experience, acknowledging each family has unique needs, practicing self-disclosure, and maintaining an appropriate peer relationship with the parent. Following training, Parent Navigators receive ongoing support and supervision.
Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review
Feinberg, M. E., & Hock. R. (2020). Parent Navigators manual. Family Gold.
APN materials are available in English.
Other supporting materials
For More Information
Phone: (814) 954-0262
Note: The details on Dosage; Location; Education, Certifications, and Training; Other Supporting Materials; and For More Information sections above are provided to website users for informational purposes only. This information is not exhaustive and may be subject to change.
|Results of Search and Review||Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Autism Parent Navigators|
|Identified in Search||1|
|Eligible for Review||0|
|Reviewed Only for Risk of Harm||0|
Studies Not Eligible for Review
Hock, R. M. R., Aimee, K., Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., & Holbert, A. A. (2022). A pilot study of a co-parenting intervention for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 31(8), 2091-2107. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02278-1
This study is ineligible for review because it does not use an eligible study design (Study Eligibility Criterion 4.1.4).