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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2021), 1 in 44 children has been identified with autism-spectrum disorder (ASD). Children with ASD experience challenges in participation that is characterized by difficulties in areas of social communication, social interaction, repetitive behavior, and a range of impairing sensory interests or aversions (Pasco, 2018). These challenges can limit their participation in occupations if not addressed within time as well as put stress on the child’s parents or caregivers. Parents who have children with ASD experience higher elevated levels of parental stress and psychological distress when compared to parents who have children with developmental disabilities that are not ASD. (Estes et. al., 2014). For Latino parents who live in low-income communities, there is additional barriers and health disparities they experience (Zuckerman, 2018). Therefore, Latino parents exhibit a greater need for support in understanding ASD and applying therapeutic strategies at home to increase the child’s participation in daily occupations (Zuckerman et. al., 2018). Studies have shown improvement in child participation and parental competence of ASD when using a contextual intervention (Pashazadeh et. al., 2019). Research suggests when interventions take place within routines children develop and generalize skills (Dunn et. al., 2012). Additionally, allowing the child’s sensory patterns to guide the contextual interventions implemented within daily routines can lead to significant improvement within child participation.

Publication Date

Summer 8-9-2023


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hispanic caregivers, Autism Spectrum Disorders, latinos, child


Occupational Therapy | Pediatrics


Poster presented at the Summer 2023 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on August 2-9, 2023

Creciendo y Floreciendo dentro de Nuestro Ambiente: a Contextual Intervention with Latino Parents who have Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)