Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"It is difficult, but you experience a beautiful thing": Perspectives of Latina/o parents on autism
by Truett, Carol Pierce, Ed.D., Northern Arizona University, 2012, 205; 3548543
Abstract (Summary)

A child with autism can exhibit impaired social interactions, unusual behaviors, and communication disorders that create unique needs and challenges for parents. Although there have been many studies into how parents manage these needs, there is little research into how culturally and linguistically diverse parents (specifically of Mexican origin) meet the needs of their child with autism.

The purpose of this case study was to create descriptions of how Latino parents living in southwest Arizona adapt to life with their child with autism. A three-interview process of five mothers and one parent pair sought to acquire their perspectives and experiences of raising a child with autism. All parents shared unique and powerful stories of their attempts to gain a diagnosis, locate services, and interact with various agencies. The data analysis identified the themes of service issues, insufficient levels of autism awareness, the emotional continuum, and advice to other parents. Findings from the analysis have the potential to provide information for educational professionals, medical personnel, and other service providers so they can improve their interactions with parents from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Peterson, Patricia
Commitee: King, Judith, Kurth, Jennifer, Markel, Sherry, Wood, Gerald
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Teaching and Learning/Educational Specialities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Special education, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Autism, Latina/o parents, Special education
Publication Number: 3548543
ISBN: 978-1-267-84065-3
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