Knowledge of Autism for Parents of Low Income with Low Literacy: Description and Relationship to Child Development Knowledge

Jonathan M. Campbell, Daphne Greenberg, Peggy A. Gallagher, Zolinda Stoneman, Christina Simmons

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Abstract

Parents are critical for early detection of autism; however, children of low SES are identified later than their counterparts. Such delays in detection of autism may be attributed to limited parental knowledge of early developmental milestones and early signs of autism. Authors examined knowledge of developmental milestones and autism in 41 parents of low SES with low literacy. Participants were recruited from adult literacy programs and completed measures of developmental milestones and autism knowledge. Parents reported greater knowledge of motor milestones when compared to other milestones, including language, cognitive, social, and play milestones. Parent knowledge of milestones did not correlate with knowledge of autism. Parents overestimated social and play milestones that indicate autism risk, such as delays in responding to name and pointing to show interest, which may contribute to delays in detection of autism. Authors discuss implications of the results in terms of areas of future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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