Autism can affect individuals from all sorts of different backgrounds, but a new study suggests those from ethnically and culturally diverse families are not well represented in autism research. Instead, behavioral interventions and treatment programs for autism are largely tailored to white, middle-class children.
The researchers point out that an evidence-based practice that is effective for some children may not be for others and that healthcare practitioners should examine the degree to which positive results reported for a narrow group of participants effectively translates to autistic children from traditionally underrepresented groups. By determining who benefits from different interventions and why, practitioners might be able to serve racially and ethnically diverse patients.
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