The Importance Of Young Children With Autism

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There are many sensitive topics to consider when providing services to people with developmental disabilities. One specific aspect that should be deemed highly important is diversity. More specifically, culture differences including family styles, religion, race, socioeconomic status, and the greater community the person with a disability belongs to. The diagnosis of Autism is global; therefore within the context of the family dynamic, differences can be vast. Currently, diversity research in the realm of autism is limited however, as professionals are becoming more aware, new developments are being made. Taking individual and family beliefs into account when devising and implementing treatment plan should be considered a clinician’s most important …show more content…
Research indicates that receiving an educational classification of autism varies depending on the student’s racial identity. Students that were reported as being classified with having autism in schools located in the United States are as follows: African American or Asian/Pacific Islanders are classified at approximately twice the rate as students who are American Indian/Alaskan or Hispanic (Dyches at el. 2004). Some researchers have identified races that tend to be reporting a lower incidence of autism such as Latin countries including Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela. It has also been reported to have low prevalence rates in developing countries such as Kenya, India, and Hungary. Finally, it has been hypothesized that autism occurs most frequently in high technology, western and nuclear families. In lieu of such ideas, more research in the field of race, culture, and environments need to be studied further in order to receive confirmation or contradictions regarding such …show more content…
It has been reported that Latino mothers may accept the child, considering them a gift from god because their religious beliefs in Catholicism. According to Rogers-Dulan & Blancher 1995, the optimism and belief that all children are important typifies African American culture and is reflected in family functions and reinforced in church and religious beliefs. When discussing the culture of native Hawaiians encompass a spiritual orientation in which a belief that all members are part of the community regardless of any label or disability. Native Americans are known to emphasize abilities, therefore not directing focus to a disability while placing importance on their community member’s ability. Lastly it has been discussed that natives of India are more tolerant of children that have language deficits citing Indian boys speak later than other children (Daley & Sigman, 2002). It is important to note that although we have some answers regarding appraisal within the context of families, we know families experience a higher level of stress than families of neuro-typically developing children. Therefore, they may need more social

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