Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie  
November 2018

Marie Millau

PhD student in Psychology
Université du Québec à Montréal, Centres de réadaptation en déficience intellectuelle et trouble envahissant du développement [CRDI-TED]

Award-winning publicationImmigrant Families' Perception of the Causes, First Manifestations, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Published in: Journal of Child and Family Studies



Marie Millau conducted a qualitative analysis with 28 immigrant mothers and 17 immigrant fathers of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Semi-structured interviews were carried out with the families to address three objectives: record their perceptions of the causes of ASDs, identify the earliest symptoms they noticed in their children and assess the interventions they prioritize. The most commonly cited causes are related to the environment. The findings highlight the importance of promoting ASD information services for new immigrants. As a follow-up to the research, a guide for workers in practice settings detailing an intervention model to meet the needs of these families is currently under development.