Parents’ Experiences With Professionals During & After ASD Diagnosis — Presentation

Finke, E., Drager, K., Davis, J., Rowland, J. (November 17, 2012). Parents’ Experiences With Professionals During & After ASD Diagnosis. Poster session at ASHA in Atlanta, GA.

The purpose of this investigation was to understand the parents’ perspectives on their interactions with professions during the diagnostic experience as well as their experiences with professionals who provide post-diagnostic services to their child with ASD and highlight factors that contributed to those positive or negative perceptions.


Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder interact with professionals both prior to and post diagnosis. This study examined parents’ perceptions of their experiences with professionals during and after the diagnostic process and the factors that influenced those experiences. Results, clinical implications, and directions for future research will be discussed.

Learner Outcomes:

Learner Outcome 1: Describe major elements of the study design

Learner Outcome 2: Discuss the authors conclusions

Learner Outcome 3: Identify possible implications for practice

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