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. In this lecture, Dr. Hsu-MinChiang will present her study focusing on the needs of parents of children with ASD in the United States, Macau, and Taiwan in support services to help them reduce parenting stress and improve their children’s functioning. The audience will learn about 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 and some practical strategies when providing support to Chinese parents across different countries.
About the Speaker:
Hsu-Min Chiangis a Visiting Academic at the University of Saint Joseph, Macau, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the 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 2020-2021 annual lecture series on "Chinese Social Policy from Comparative Perspectives" co-sponsored by the Columbia China Center for Social Policy and Weatherhead East Asian Institute and supported by the Columbia School of Social Work.