463492446_44c5307d8d_mCatherine Godone-Maresca, a graduate student at Alliant International University, is conducting a dissertation study on the experiences of adoptive and biological mothers of a child on the autism spectrum and seeking participants.The purpose of this study is to increase social and professional understanding and awareness of mothers’ experiences in parenting their child diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Minimum qualifications for participation include being an adoptive or biological mother of a child between 2 and 8 years of age who has been diagnosed with autism.

Participation may take between 1 hour and 45 minutes to 3 hours and 30 minutes to respond to survey questions and speak with Ms. Godone-Maresca about thoughts and experiences. In appreciation of completed participation in this study, compensation for participants will include a Target $25.00 gift card and entry into an Opportunity Drawing to win an additional Target $100.00 gift card. To participate, contact Catherine Godone-Maresca at (760) 473-0248 or cgm_dissertation@yahoo.com. The name and contact information of the thesis supervisor will be sent to participants.