Perspectives From Practitioners: The Impact of Culture on Autism Evaluations

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 8: Psychological Services for Students With Autism

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. this session will help participants learn about how culture impacts autism evaluations.
  2. participants will learn about different perspectives from current school psychologists on culture and autism evaluations.
  3. participants will be provided recommendations for improving autism evaluations with diverse student populations.


There is limited research and training opportunities surrounding ASD assessment with culturally and linguistically minoritized (CLM) populations. This may result in challenges for school psychologists who conduct evaluations in schools with CLM students. The purpose of the presentation is to discuss findings from a study that explores perspectives from practicing school psychologists’ on how culture affects autism evaluations with CLM student populations. Implications specific to practice, research, and training will be discussed.



Tyus T. Roanhorse, Utah State University
Megan E. Golson, Utah State University


Chandler Benney, Maryellen B. McClain, Bryn Harris, Kaelah Bakner


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