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The IAN CHASE Survey

Date Last Revised: 
April 11, 2016

Evaluating the Impact of Moving Homes and Schools on Children with Autism

Please note that the CHASE study is no longer recruiting subjects. Thanks to all of the families that participated.

Children in the Unites States move homes frequently with about 38% having moved at least once in the last 5 years. Children with autism can experience difficulty with changes in their environment and routines. Families may have difficulties finding medical and therapeutic care for their children and school settings or supports may change upon moving.

Photo of Dr. Marilisa ElrodDr. Marilisa Elrod is a commander in the United States Navy and a developmental-behavioral pediatrician who takes care of the children of active duty members. Children who are in military families move three times more frequently than the general population. Military kids change schools 6 to 9 times between kindergarten and graduation from high school. She noticed that children with autism had difficulty with the changes that frequent moving entails. Additionally, their parents and caregivers had struggles finding therapists and doctors in their new home towns despite there being programs in the military to support these families. School supports also often changed or were difficult to negotiate upon moving.

From studies on typically developing children, we know that academic accomplishment decreases as the number of changes in schools increases. Dr. Elrod wonders if this happens and to what degree for our kids with autism? Do gaps in services cause poorer outcomes?

To this end, Dr. Elrod has worked with the IAN Research team to create IAN’s Changing Home And School Environments (CHASE) survey. Please complete the CHASE survey (Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul H. Lipkin; JHM-IRB NA_00002750) to help us answer these questions.

Who is Eligible to Participate in CHASE?

Please note that the CHASE study is no longer recruiting subjects. Thanks to all of the families that participated.

Our Sincere Thanks

Thank you to all who participate in IAN Research. Your involvement leads to discovery. Together we can provide information and support to improve policy and programs to support children and families impacted by autism.

Need Assistance?

IAN’s Research Manager, Dr. Alison Marvin, can be reached at 443-923-4143, 866-348-3440 (toll free), or

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