Publication Date


First Advisor

Tonya Strand

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Study Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School for Social Work


Autism, ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, SES, Socioeconomic status, Service barriers, Solution-focused


This study attempted to remedy the existing research gaps by asking: How does SES of caregivers for children with ASD influence their ideas of service barrier solutions? The purpose of this study was to examine caregivers’ perspectives of service barrier solutions and how SES influences their ideas of solutions. It was hypothesized that high SES caregivers would report experiencing less service barriers than low SES caregivers; therefore, there would be a difference in their ideas of solutions. This study explored sources of information, service barriers, ideas of solutions to barriers, and how solutions may improve caregivers’ abilities to care for their children. The findings concluded that high SES caregivers experience more service barriers than low SES caregivers and suggested more solutions. It is recommended that a social justice framework be used in any future ASD research. Implications for practice highlight the need for further research so clinicians can better assist.


©2017 Rachel Rodriguez


iii, 56 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 45-46)