Parent and Service Provider Perspectives of Linguistically Diverse ABA Treatment for Children with Autism

Research Study

New IRB approved study, funded and supported by San Diego State University’s Special Education department, is gathering information from both parents/guardians and providers in the field of ABA receiving and conducting services. This research is seeking to gather valued information about current use and perspectives of linguistically diverse interventions for linguistically diverse clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

For the purposes of the study, “linguistically diverse” is an individual who comes from a background where one or more non-English languages are used at any capacity regardless of the individual’s fluency or perceived language capabilities. This includes individuals who are non-verbal that come from a home where a non-English language is used. “Linguistically Diverse Intervention”, for the purposes of this study, is any intervention that uses any relevant non-English language for any amount of the total session duration.
We are currently seeking participants who are parents or guardians of clients with ASD who come from a linguistically diverse background receiving ABA services, as well as providers at any level of certification (QASP-s, ABAT, RBTs, BTs, BCaBAs, BCBAs, etc.) who service linguistically diverse clients.

This is a short 10 minute survey and can be found here:

We ask that you kindly pass this survey on to your colleagues and clients, and hope you will consider helping us investigate this important area of research to further the breath of ASD diversity and inclusivity information. You can directly influence the field in supporting diversity research to influence clinical outcomes!

Please direct questions and comments to Michelle Ortega ( and Leah Buchsbaum (


Published on: Apr 26, 2021 at 07:48

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