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Parents Taking Action

Parents Taking Action is a comprehensive, multi-component treatment model for parents of Latino children on the autism spectrum based around the use of a promotora de salud (community health worker).

The promotora is a lay health educator or peer leader who is indigenous to the Latino community and receives training to provide education to encourage behavioral changes in a culturally informed way.

The Parents Taking Action programme is based around two modules. The focus of module I is to provide parents with basic information about autism, advocacy, and navigating the system. The focus of module II is to provide parents with information about evidence-based interventions, and to provide instruction on intervention strategies parents can use to improve their child’s communication, social and play skills, and strategies to decrease
problem behaviours.

The Parents Taking Action programme was developed by staff at a number of universities in the United States.

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