Shambhavi M. – BASIS Phoenix

BASIS Phoenix Senior Shambhavi M.

Autism Spectrum Disorders from a Parent and Patient Perspective

Project/blog link: Autism Spectrum Disorders from a Parent and Patient Perspective
BASIS Advisor: Alissa Sabatino
Internship location: SARCC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center)
Onsite Mentor: Carlos Nuno, Programs Coordinator

Project Abstract

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological and developmental disability that can cause social and behavioral challenges. The number of children diagnosed with ASD has grown tremendously over the past decade. What has contributed to this staggering increase in ASD diagnosis? Many believe that an increase in public knowledge about ASD has caused a higher diagnosis rate, yet many people still do not receive the resources necessary for managing ASD throughout their lives. The goal of my project is to better understand the experiences of parents with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My research will test the hypothesis that if people do not understand the diagnosis criteria for ASD, they will be less likely to seek professional intervention when needed. To test this hypothesis, I am interviewing families of kids with an Autism diagnosis (between the ages of 0-18) through a survey which asks about the experience of receiving an ASD diagnosis. Studying ASD and the public understanding of the disorder remains pertinent for educating families, physicians and the public about identifying and managing the disorder.

Autism Spectrum Disorders from a Parent and Patient Perspective