Exploring the experiences of diverse families of children newly diagnosed with ASD in New Jersey

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Rutgers, Boggs Center for Developmental Disabilities

Project Description

This study explores experiences of Latino families of children with ASD to understand the impact of diagnosis on the family and pathways from diagnosis to linkage with services/interventions.

This project focuses on understanding the factors that might affect whether Latino children with ASD connect to intervention or services. To better understand these issues, with their permission, Latino families who have a child recently diagnosed with ASD will be interviewed and asked about their experiences getting a diagnosis and connecting to interventions and/or services. Information learned from these families will be organized into themes that will help doctors and other healthcare providers provide quality health care to children with ASD from minority groups.


Selection Criteria

Latino families of children newly diagnosed with ASD

  • English or Spanish speaking
  •  with a child between the ages of 18 months and
    5 years





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Team Members

Deborah Spitalnik
Principal Investigator
deborah.spitalnik@rutgers.edu

Caroline Coffield
Co-Investigator
coffieca@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Contact Info

deborah.spitalnik@rutgers.edu
(732) 235-9326
335 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08902

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