Many studies have focused on parenting stress in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and high parenting stress in these parents is commonly reported. But, limited studies have focused on parenting needs in parents of children with ASD, especially Chinese parents. Different parenting styles can be found in different cultures and different cultures may result in different parenting needs. Dr. Chiang will present the results from one of her studies focusing on the needs of parents of children with ASD in the United States, Macau, and Taiwan in the support services to help them decrease parenting stress and to improve their children’s functioning. The audience will learn these parents’ needs and the differences between Chinese-American parents and non-American Chinese parents in support services. She will also share her clinical experiences of working with Chinese parents across different countries. The audience can learn some practical strategies when providing support to these parents.
About the Speaker:
Hsu-Min Chiang, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at University of Macau. She earned her Ph.D. in special education from Macquarie University in Australia, M.Ed. in special education from Monash University in Australia, and B.Ed. in special education from National Tainan Teachers College in Taiwan. Prior to embarking on an academic career, she worked as a self-contained classroom teacher, resource room teacher, and Chinese language teacher at the early childhood, childhood, and adolescent levels. Her research mainly focuses on individuals with autism and their families. She has conducted studies in several areas associated with autism, including communication characteristics, cultural differences, academic abilities (language and mathematics), teaching strategies, postsecondary outcomes and transition, quality of life, parent education, the differences between Asperger’s disorder and autistic disorder, educational programs and curricula. She is the founder of a thematically structured Saturday enrichment program for children with autism and a parent education program for Chinese-American parents of children with autism.
This lecture is part of the 2019-2020 annual lecture series on "Using Scientific Evidence to Address Social Challenges in China" cosponsored by the Columbia China Center for Social Policy and Weatherhead East Asian Institute and supported by the Columbia School of Social Work.