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Creating a Culture of Family-Centered Practice for the Autism Community

Creating a Culture of Family-Centered Practice for the Autism Community

Originally Published by Autism Spectrum Quarterly - Summer 2009

Written by: Dr. Barry Prizant

This article explores ways that professionals serving children with ASD and their families can adopt practices to move closer to the goal of working with families to help their treatment programs be family-centered. It begins by considering the essential elements of family-centered practice, the ultimate goal of which is empowering families with the knowledge and skills to make the best choices for their children and for the family unit, as a whole.


Dr. Barry Prizant is Director of Childhood Communication Services and an adjunct professor in the Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University. Dr. Prizant has more than 45 years of experience as a researcher and international consultant to children and adults with Autism Spectrum. He and Dave Finch co-host Uniquely Human: The Podcast, which expands the conversation on autism and neurodiversity by amplifying the voices of autistic individuals and thought leaders in providing insightful, cutting-edge, and practical information about the autistic experience.

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Michelle Garcia Winner, the Founder and CEO of Social Thinking, reflects on how the field of autism has evolved and changed in the May 21st, 2021 episode of Uniquely Human: The Podcast with Dr. Barry Prizant


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