Barriers faced by parents of hispanic children with autism: Lessons learned from south Texas focus groups
In March through May, 2012 four focus groups were conducted with a total of 35 parents of children with autism in South Texas. A thirty-five item Family Needs Survey (FNS) was administered at the start of each focus group. Through a 90-minute focus group discussion parents were given an opportunity to expand on FNS questions along with emphasizing needs omitted from the survey. The focus groups transcripts identified many common barriers. We will present recurring themes identified through qualitative analysis in an effort to pinpoint the exact barriers faced by parents of Hispanic children diagnosed with autism in South Texas.
Recognition of these barriers may lead to greater autism ascertainment and early intervention, which research has shown increases quality of life and well-being for children and their families.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences
Define barriers faced by parents of Hispanic children diagnosed with Autism Assess if these barriers contribute to a delay in diagnosis and access to treatment for Hispanic children diagnosed with Autism
Keyword(s): Hispanic, Special Needs
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a Kleberg Research Fellow for the South Texas Environmental and Education Program since 2010. In this capacity, I have been the main moderator for the focus groups of parents of Hispanic children with autism. I am currently a 4th year dual degree MD MPH student who will graduate in May of this year.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.