Advocating with Humility: Improving Access of Treatment Services for Filipino Immigrant Families with Autistic Children in Alberta, Canada
Marquina, John Cedric
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Different factors influence access to services for Filipino immigrant families with autistic children in Alberta, Canada. These include the immigration process, the immediate needs of the family as they settle down in their new environment, unfamiliarity in getting services for their children, family dynamics, cultural identity, cultural beliefs about autism, financial constraints, and other personal factors. As a result, Filipino immigrants are less likely to access healthcare services compared to other immigrant populations in North America. The use of cultural humility by mental health professionals will address the dynamic intersectionality of these factors and influence access to services for Filipino immigrant families with autistic children. Moreover, cultural humility will help clinicians learn strategies that respect Filipino immigrant families' cultural identity. In particular, the methods of reflective practice, collaborative learning, social justice, and advocacy integration are applicable. These techniques will help therapists strengthen their relationship with Filipino immigrant families, create positive changes in their lives, and ensure healthy development for their children. Therapists may use cultural humility to enhance access, utilization, and engagement of services for Filipino immigrant families with autistic children.