When Life Gets in the Way: The Complexities of Supporting Families Who Have a Child with Autism and Live in Poverty

Carol M. Trivette, Catherine P. Corr

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This chapter discusses the challenges that families of very young children with autism who are living in poverty face when trying to support the child as well as the complexities that practitioners face when working with these families. What is known about the challenges of autism for families and the challenges of poverty for families is examined. Evidenced-based family-centered practices that when used by practitioners enhance parents’ confidence and competence are presented. In the last section, scenarios where family-centered practices are helpful when early interventionists are dealing with these complex situations are presented.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Parent-Implemented Interventions for Very Young Children with Autism
EditorsMichael Siller, Lindee Morgan
StatePublished - Aug 10 2018

Publication series

NameAutism and Child Psychopathology Series
ISSN (Print)2192-922X
ISSN (Electronic)2192-9238


  • autism
  • poverty
  • family-centered
  • intervention
  • supports
  • practices

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