Exploring the Perspectives of Parents of Individuals with Autism from Low-Resourced Communities to Inform Family Navigator Programs

Meghan M. Burke, Amanda N. Johnston, W. Catherine Cheung, Chak Li, Edwin Monárrez, Janeth Aleman-Tovar

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Abstract

Family navigator programs are becoming increasingly common among families of children with autism. Yet, it is unclear how family navigators are developed; by exploring the input of families of children with autism, such programs can be responsive to family needs. In this study, 12 parents of autistic children from low-resourced communities were interviewed to inform the development of a family navigator program. Findings demonstrated that programs need to prepare navigators to address barriers such as limited knowledge and difficulty accepting an autism diagnosis. Programs should teach navigators to use strategies with families including educating families about services and connecting families with peer support. Program content should reflect direct services, government services, and advocacy strategies. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-292
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Access
  • Family
  • Navigator
  • Services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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