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ERIC Number: EJ1021452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
South Asian Families' Access to Special Education and Mental Health Services: Obstacles and Strategies
Pathappilil, Jessy; Bhatt, Hiral; Kabler, Brenda
Communique, v41 n7 p23-24 May 2013
Immigration trends in recent years reveal that the number of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is continuing to rise. As the proportion of culturally and linguistically diverse students in the total school population expands, the need for culturally responsive school psychology services will be increasingly magnified (NASP 2009). According to a report from the 2010 United States Census Bureau, the Asian population grew faster than any other population in the United States from 2000 to 2010 and now accounts for 4.8% of the entire population. There has been a significant increase in the Asian immigrant population from the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka (Dash, 2008). South Asian families are quickly becoming one of the most rapidly growing populations in the United States, but there is a lack of research and knowledge regarding how to provide proper psychological services to students from this community. Given the scarcity of research specifically regarding South Asians, a few of the articles cited in this paper include studies pertaining to all Asian Americans. This article highlights obstacles that the families of this population face when dealing with educational and mental health supports for their children. Strategies and recommendations that school psychologists can use to help familiarize parents with the special education process are also highlighted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India
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