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ERIC Number: EJ906106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
From Symptom Recognition to Services: How South Asian Muslim Immigrant Families Navigate Autism
Jegatheesan, Brinda; Fowler, Susan; Miller, Peggy J.
Disability & Society, v25 n7 p797-811 Dec 2010
This study examined the experiences of three South Asian Muslim immigrant families who have a young child with autism. It describes the early period of their child's disability as the families encountered four critical issues in their lives: a complex disability, the culturally diverse conceptualizations of the disability, family-professional dynamics in cross-cultural encounters and the search for appropriate services. Analyses were based on interviews with parents, supplemented by 17 months of participant-observation in homes and community. Parents narrated their experiences beginning with symptom recognition through help seeking, diagnosis and subsequent service provision. Results suggest that for these families the challenging process of diagnosing and ameliorating autism is complicated by their unique positioning within and between diverse meaning systems. Challenges include American health and education professionals' misunderstandings of their family organization and linguistic practices, and difficulties in cross-cultural communication with professionals. Implications for professionals are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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