Special Population Consideration in ASD Identification and Treatment

  • Alison Chavez
  • Lark Huang-Storms
  • Katharine Zuckerman


This chapter discusses perspectives on ASD among females and racial and ethnic minority people: two populations where there continue to be troubling disparities in the diagnosis of ASD. The first portion of the chapter examines prevalence differences between males and females with ASD, and explores the biological and sociological reasons for these differences. The second part of the chapter more specifically examines racial and ethnic differences in ASD prevalence and hypothesized family, community, provider and system-level reasons for these disparities. The final section of this chapter discusses implications for practice and policy concerning autism care, advocacy, future research, and ethical issues. We conclude the chapter with a note from the editors that further illuminates why issues related to females and racial and ethnic minorities are important to include in the conversation on ASD and TSRD.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison Chavez
    • 1
  • Lark Huang-Storms
    • 2
  • Katharine Zuckerman
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsOregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  3. 3.Division of General PediatricsOregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandUSA

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