On June 10th, 2015, Jamie Pearson–a doctoral student at the University of Illinois –shared 3 things we should know about autism services for families of color on our Facebook page. Here’s what she said:
1. African American (and Latino) children are diagnosed later (typically after age 3), and take longer to receive diagnoses of ASD than European American children, even across socioeconomic backgrounds.
2. In some cases, African American children who present persistent challenging behaviors are diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders (e.g., ODD), when in fact, they have ASD.
3. Two common recommendations from African American mothers: (a) assign families a liaison who can help them navigate the service system after obtaining initial diagnoses, and (b) provide professional development for educators and healthcare providers that encourages increased responsiveness to parent voice and parent concerns in families of color.
Interested in learning more? Contact Jamie! firstname.lastname@example.org