ERIC Number: EJ1169055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
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Language Barriers Impact Access to Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
St. Amant, Helaine G.; Schrager, Sheree M.; Peña-Ricardo, Carolina; Williams, Marian E.; Vanderbilt, Douglas L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v48 n2 p333-340 Feb 2018
Racial and ethnic disparities in accessing health care have been described in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In a retrospective chart review of 152 children with ASD, children of parents whose primary language was English were significantly more likely to have both social skills and communication goals within their individualized education plan (IEP) compared to children of parents whose primary language was not English. Additionally, children of primary English speakers received significantly more hours of direct services from their state disability program. After controlling for demographic covariates, findings suggest that language barriers may negatively affect parents' abilities to access health care services for their child with ASD. Acculturation factors must therefore be considered when analyzing disparities in autism.
Descriptors: Barriers, Children, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Access to Health Care, Parents, Comparative Analysis, Acculturation, Language of Instruction
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