Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) affect between one in two hundred and one in three hundred people in Canada, and there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children receiving this diagnosis (CIHR). ASDs are characterized by three main areas: social relatedness, verbal and nonverbal communication, and extremely restricted behaviours and interests (Grewal). Since many children with ASDs are high functioning, they may seem just like other children. The diagnosis and treatment process poses unique challenges for families, particularly for the parents (Altiere and von Kluge), which distinguishes this type of disability from others due to the prevailing vagueness about its cause, diagnosis, and treatment. Indeed, there are studies examining the parents of children with ASDs regarding how they suffer from these uncertainties (Cassidy et al.; Lee, Harrington, Louis, and Newschaffer).
|Title of host publication||Motherhood and Social Exclusion|
|Editors||Christie BYVELDS, Healther JACKSON|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2019|