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16th Annual Autism Conference; Seattle, WA; 2022

All times listed are Pacific Standard Time (UTC -8 at the time of the convention in March).

Event Details

The terminology utilized in the presentation titles and abstracts for this conference was selected to adhere to the seventh edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual and to be inclusive of those who prefer person-first as well as identity-first language.

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Invited Paper Session #11
Culturally Tailoring Parent-Mediated Interventions: An Iterative Process
Sunday, March 6, 2022
3:50 PM–4:40 PM
Fourth Floor; Grand Ballroom 1/2
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Robert K. Ross (Beacon ABA Services)
CE Instructor: Sandy Magaña, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: SANDY MAGAÑA (The University of Texas at Austin)

In this talk, Dr. Magaña will discuss the need for culturally tailored, parent-mediated interventions for parents of Autistic children/children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the process of cultural adaptation. She will use examples from her own research in which a parent educational intervention was developed for Latino families of Autistic children/children diagnosed with ASD and later adapted for African American, Chinese American, and low-resource communities.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) explain the importance of cultural adaptation; (2) identify at least three key components important for cultural adaptation; (3) apply at least one strategy for working with diverse populations in their own practice.
SANDY MAGAÑA (The University of Texas at Austin)
Sandy Magaña, Ph.D., MSW, holds the Professorship in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She received a Master of Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino and her Ph.D. from the Heller Graduate School of Social Policy at Brandeis University. Dr. Magaña completed post-doctoral training from the NICHD funded Post-Doctoral Program in Developmental Disabilities Research at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a faculty member in the UW-Madison School of Social Work for 12 years and later served as a Professor at the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current research includes investigating racial and ethnic disparities among children with autism and developmental disabilities and developing culturally relevant interventions to address these disparities. She has received funding for her research from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).



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