This study examined the needs of Chinese families of children with autism from perspectives of 40 Chinese parents by conducting an online survey and two focus group interviews. Results showed that the most frequently reported needs of Chinese families of children with autism centered around three categories: needs for information, needs for support, and needs for community services. Two specific service needs were identified as areas that require immediate support. First, families need more information regarding autism and how to handle their children’s behaviors. Second, families need support and advocacy for their children to get services in public schools. Given the unique social and cultural contexts, parents and professional should cooperate to take the initiatives of making changes. Systematic training and support programs for parents and paraprofessionals may be one strategy to meet these needs in the short run. Government should also take responsibilities for establishing quality school-based services for children with autism.
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