Autism Memoir Author Monica Holloway and Speech and Behavior Expert Julie Diep Share Top Tips for Cultural Sensitivity for Families Affected by Autism

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LOS ANGELES, April 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autism author Monica Holloway and autism speech and behavior expert Julie Diep encourage cultural sensitivity and understanding among families who may be affected by autism or other disabilities in a new article, out this month in Autism World with the following five tips for practicing cultural sensitivity among families affected by autism:

  1. Learn the Culture and Heritage. Everyone comes form different backgrounds and have traditions that we may be unfamiliar with. Get to learn the heritage and traditions of your diverse communities in your area.
  2. Recognize if there may be a Language Barrier. Sometimes language barriers are more than just translations, but rather different terminology in English could mean something else in other cultures.
  3. Build Community Alliances. Build friendships and relationships out of mutual respect.
  4. Get to Know Social Norms. Learn what people consider a "normal" tradition or belief within different cultures that you may encounter.
  5. Take time to listen. Sometimes asking, "Would you help me to understand better?" can be a very effective way to learn more about those around you.

Says Holloway, "Keeping in mind these tips on cultural sensitivity for those affected with autism will help us to better understand how families accept, interpret and experience autism." Adds Diep, "Promoting acceptance can help to dispel myths about autism for those who may otherwise be uncertain about getting help for their children."

ABOUT MONICA HOLLOWAY: Monica Holloway is the bestselling author of Cowboy & Wills, a Mother's Choice Award's Gold recipient, and the critically-acclaimed author of the memoir Driving With Dead People. Holloway lives with her son and husband in California.

ABOUT JULIE DIEP: Julie Chau Diep is Founder of OC Autism, Clinical Director of New Hope Therapy Center, with a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and is a BCBA candidate. Diep faced struggles with ADHD and Dyslexia while in school, overcame all obstacles to achieve her success and credits her disability for opening new doors and opportunities.


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