Parent and Evaluator Experiences Accessing Services for Children on the Autism Spectrum



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The purpose of this study was to examine parent and special education evaluators’ experiences accessing services for children with ASD and gain insight into additionally needed services for children with ASD. This qualitative study interviewed four parents and five examiners about their experiences working with families of children with ASD. The researcher then analyzed the data by coding and categorizing to determine salient themes. The most prominent barriers across evaluators and parents were limited knowledge of ASD, service accessibility, and difficulties navigating the system. The findings are centered on the need to provide more extensive and individualized support for families, increasing and enhancing service availability for children diagnosed with ASD, and an intentional focus on meeting the unique needs of diverse families.



autism, early intervention, barriers, experiences, evaluators, parents