Interview at least three family members of individuals with ASD or individuals with ASD themselves about their perception of ASD, the effect ASD has had on his or her family or themselves, and coping strategies they have developed to handle its effects. Write a 2-3-page paper summarizing the interview. The focus should be placed on the individual’s or family members’experiences as well as a summary at the end indicating what professionals can learn from this type of experience.
Discuss the traditional and evolving family roles and functions as outlined in Chapter 4 of Hanson & Lynch, Understanding Families. Add your thoughts and reactions from the perspective of a professional who may work with these families. Incorporate the race, culture, and diversity issues presented in Odom, Horner, Snell, and Blacher, Handbook of Developmental Disabilities Chapter 4.