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“They Were Saying That I Was a Typical Chinese Mum”: Chinese Parents’ Experiences of Parent-Teacher Partnerships for Their Autistic Children

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posted on 2023-11-09, 01:07 authored by Jodie SmithJodie Smith, Aspasia Stacey RabbaAspasia Stacey Rabba, Lin Cong, Poulomee Datta, Emma Dresens, Gabrielle Hall, Melanie Heyworth, Wenn Lawson, Patricia Lee, Rozanna Lilley, Najeeba SyedaNajeeba Syeda, Emily Ma, Julia Wang, Rena Wang, Chong Yeow, Elizabeth Pellicano
Effective parent-teacher partnerships improve outcomes for autistic students. Yet, we know little about what effective partnerships look like for parents of autistic children from different backgrounds. We conducted interviews with 17 Chinese parents of autistic children attending Australian kindergartens/schools to understand their experiences. Parents appreciated the acceptance, opportunities and supports they received in Australia. They had high expectations of children; expectations not often shared by educators. Parents were respectful of teachers’ expertise and polite and undemanding in interactions. Nevertheless, parents were frustrated by inconsistent teaching quality and inadequate communication. Navigating systems was also challenging and parents faced discrimination from teachers and their community. Recommendations include fostering open home-school communication, proactively seeking parents’ expertise about children and explicitly scaffolding parents’ self-advocacy.


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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders






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Springer Nature



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