Capstone/Dissertation Title

Strategies for working with Hmong families of children with autism: a community-based organization approach

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The special education system can be very confusing for parents. This is especially true for those families who may lack the resources and knowledge to navigate the system. Community-based organizations provide an excellent resource to these families in need. The research question addressed in this project was what culturally relevant strategies can educators learn from community-based organizations in order to effectively work with families of Hmong students with autism? The author completed a review of the literature regarding Hmong history and culture, as well as Hmong experiences with special education. A constant comparative qualitative study was conducted at three community-based organizations serving Hmong families. This research was carried out in order to discover culturally relevant strategies educators might implement. The author outlines five strategies that educators may use to more effectively work with Hmong students with autism and their families.

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