Enhancing the Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders via a Model of Culturally Sensitive Childhood Assessment

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Given the data demonstrating large racial and ethnic disparities in the detection of autism spectrum disorders (e.g., ASDs, Mandell et al., 2009), which thereby place these youth at a disadvantage for obtaining empirically supported interventions for ASDs, solutions are needed to reduce the disparities. This article presents a model for culturally sensitive child assessment that would help psychologists detect ASDs if present, even when ASDs are not mentioned as the presenting problem. Four cases of ASD are presented along with multicultural lessons learned from the cases that highlight components of the model.

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