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ERIC Number: EJ884000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
Autism from a Religious Perspective: A Study of Parental Beliefs in South Asian Muslim Immigrant Families
Jegatheesan, Brinda; Miller, Peggy J.; Fowler, Susan A.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v25 n2 p98-109 2010
Three multilingual immigrant South Asian Muslim families who have children with autism were interviewed to ascertain their beliefs about autism. Data were drawn from interviews and conversations recorded during 17 months of ethnographic fieldwork in homes and community. Results indicate that families understood the task of raising a child with autism in religious terms. In keeping with the precepts of Islam, their overarching goal was to raise their children as normally as possible, incorporating them into ordinary social, linguistic, and religious practices at home and in the community. Parents strongly contested experts' understandings of autism, which they believed undermined rather than promoted their children's development. Findings have implications for multicultural teacher education and enhancing home, community, and school collaboration. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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