A new study points to a need for diversity in research on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Much of the existing research on ASD confirms the variety in children’s approaches to learning, problem solving, and thinking. There is a popular saying: “If you’ve met one kid with autism, you’ve met ONE kid with autism.”
But the research seldom considers the child’s race, nationality or ethnicity. Many of the participants in research that reports race are white and middle class. They frequently have educated parents who are skilled, according to the study.
The finding that there is a lack of racial and ethnic diversity among participants in current research raises the question if what works for white, middle class children will also work for those from different races, languages, nationalities, and ethnicities.
“We need to clarify who benefits from different interventions and why,” said University of Washington special education researcher and study lead author Elizabeth West.