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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #328
CE Offered: BACB
Developing Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Interventions for Diverse Families Raising Autistic Children
Monday, May 29, 2023
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 1
Area: AUT; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Corina Jimenez-Gomez (University of Florida)
CE Instructor: Sarah Dababnah, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: SARAH DABABNAH (The University of Maryland, Baltimore)
Abstract: Parents and other family caregivers of autistic children have significant strengths, but also face challenges, both on the individual/family-level (e.g., child behavior challenges, parent depression) and on the systems-level (e.g., lack of family-centered services). Furthermore, autism intervention research has historically overrepresented white, highly educated participants from high-income countries, ignoring the concerning racial, ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic disparities in autism services. Thus, diverse communities, in both high- and middle/low-income countries, often struggle to access inclusive and culturally relevant interventions to address child, parent, and family concerns. This presentation will focus on intervention research to close these gaps in knowledge and improve service access.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Providers, community advocates, policymakers

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe ethnic, racial, geographic, and socioeconomic disparities in autism research and services; (2) Discuss the role of parents and other family caregivers in autism interventions; (3) Detail types of interventions for parents of young autistic children.
SARAH DABABNAH (The University of Maryland, Baltimore)
Sarah Dababnah, PhD, MPH, MSW is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work (United States), a Faculty Affiliate at Yonsei University School of Social Welfare (South Korea), and a recent US Fulbright Scholar at the American University in Cairo (Egypt). She specializes in practice, policy and research related to the health and well-being of families of individuals with intellectual and developmental differences. Dr. Dababnah’s research focuses on family-centered, community-engaged and culturally relevant strategies to address racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in autism services. Dr. Dababnah received specialized training in early childhood and disability practice, research, and policy at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (Chapel Hill, NC), the Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, MD), the Columbia University National Center for Children in Poverty (New York, NY), and the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health (Washington, DC). She earned advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins University.



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