Addressing Needs: Supporting Spanish-Speaking Parents of Children With ASD

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand diagnostic disparities found in Hispanic children with autism.
  2. learn about previous and current research citing the needs reported by Spanish-speaking parents of children with autism.
  3. identify methods in which their current practice related to autism assessment can support parent reported needs.


Researchers have reported disparities in autism diagnosis for Hispanic children when compared to their peers. After diagnosis, their parents have difficulties navigating the complexities of life with autism. Parents report gaps in service delivery and knowledge. The current paper reviews previous literature stating the needs of Spanish-speaking parents of children with autism and reviews recent needs assessment interviews. The authors also provide recommendations for school psychologists to act on these needs to support students and parents.



Ileana Y. Umana, Texas A&M University
Daira I. Rodriguez, Texas A&M University
Ashley Armenta, Texas A&M University
Evelina Y. Guerrero, Texas A&M University


Sara M. Castro-Olivo


Letter to Supervisor

Looking for a concise way to pitch the convention to your employer? This letter and the corresponding talking points are here to help!