Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Rajean P. Moone, Ph.D.


Social Work


Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has not only been puzzling for parents but for professionals as well. Although ASD affects all races, economic and social classes, and genders, many research studies have shown that ASD is not represented fairly among all races, ethnicities and socioeconomic groups. Multiple research studies have shown the importance of early intervention for children diagnosed with ASD. Research has also found that minority children with ASD are diagnosed at a later age. Very little research has been done among Southeast Asian communities, especially Hmong communities.

We assume that many mental health professionals treating children with ASD are probably using similar techniques. However, what this research paper would like to explore further is looking closer at what professionals are doing beyond the therapeutic techniques that keep Hmong families in therapy. As a developmental disability case manager, it has been my experience that the majority of Hmong families do not seek outside resources such as therapy, for their children with ASD. However, for the few who are using different therapeutic services, what is it that those providers are doing that is drawing Hmong families to their clinics? What additional therapeutic techniques are mental health professionals using when working with Hmong children with ASD that motivates them to come back?

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