What are cultural considerations when performing a diagnostic evaluation for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2019
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Of note are cultural considerations in the evaluation of a child with possible autism. Cultural and familial differences exist in expectations regarding eye contact, play, social interaction, and pragmatic use of language. When English is not the family’s primary language, professionals should be conscious of finding ways to communicate effectively with the family, including finding professionals and/or translators who speak the primary language. [128]


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