Understanding Perspectives of Muslim Parents Toward Children With Autism

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. apply knowledge to address Islam as an individual difference that can impact practice as outlined by the NASP Practice Model.
  2. design service delivery that is both sensitive and responsive to individuals with Muslim identities.
  3. advocate for Muslim clients and their families within school policy and programs as outlined by the NASP Practice Model.
  4. describe the beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes that many Muslim parents have toward their children with autism.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an increasingly prevalent disorder that is found in all cultures and populations, including Islam. We provide insight regarding common and literature-informed religious beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes that parents experience regarding their children with ASD. This novel approach to diversity research will inform experienced school psychologists of navigating their practice with Muslim families sensitively, responsively, and within the principles of social justice.



Abdullah S. Bernier, University of Calgary


Adam McCrimmon


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