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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Social Work: M.S.W


Social Work


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Sandra Chesbrough

Second Advisor

Paula Watts

Third Advisor

Owen Zimpel

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is typically diagnosed in childhood and has a wide range of symptoms, some being more severe than others. The purpose of this research was to examine ASD and how it is impacting families in a community. Along with the perspective and family systems theory promote resiliency among families who are impacted by an ASD diagnosis.

In this study, qualitative research was used. Qualitative research includes data collection, data analysis, and drawing conclusions. This study is based off of interviews of parent perspective.

This research produced both strengths and limitations. The implications of this research allow current and future social workers to relate and work with families who have a child with an autism diagnosis and the community supports that are available for them.