ERIC Number: EJ977146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Differences in Autism Symptoms between Minority and Non-Minority Toddlers
Tek, Saime; Landa, Rebecca J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v42 n9 p1967-1973 Sep 2012
Little is known about whether early symptom presentation differs in toddlers with ASD from ethnic minority versus non-minority backgrounds. Within a treatment study for toddlers with ASD, we compared 19 minority to 65 Caucasian children and their parents on variables obtained from the Mullen Scales of Early Learning, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, and Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Caregiver Questionnaire. The majority of parents were from the upper classes irrespective of ethnic membership. Minority children had lower scores in language, communication, and gross motor than non-minority children. Findings indicate that subtle communication delays may be undetected or presumed unremarkable by parents of minority toddlers, and that more significant delays are needed to prompt the search for intervention services.
Descriptors: Intervention, Autism, Toddlers, Minority Group Children, Racial Differences, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Whites, Parents, Language Skills, Communication Skills, Psychomotor Skills, Communication Problems, Ethnic Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales; Mullen Scales of Early Learning; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule