Grand Canyon Social Issue Affecting Education of Autistic Students Paper

Answer the following questions: Please keep the question separate.

1. What are three reasons why it is important to interpret and share research findings in layperson terms or jargon-free language to families?

2. Describe a critical social and/or ethical issue that affects the education of individuals with developmental disabilities/autism spectrum disorders, families, and professionals. How could you advocate resolving that issue?

Respond to student discussion board:


Three reasons that it is important to interpret and share research findings in layperson terms to families are…

  1. It keeps it simple for families who already have a lot going on in their lives trying to help their child the best that they can.
  2. The families don’t have to try and interpret it by themselves and they may miss an important fact.
  3. It is easier for the families to trust you and want to work together with them to help their child. They will feel at ease and less intimidated and not on edge and ready to shut down.

Families go through so much in dealing with their child that gets diagnosed and they have so many questions. If we are able to help them and break things down they will be more willing to work with us and not fight every step of the way.


First of all, I think it is important to remember that most parents do not have degrees in education, so they will likely be unfamiliar with the jargon (especially all of the special education acronyms).

Additionally, avoiding jargon will increase understanding and reduce frustration; in turn they will be more likely to participate and contribute to conversations

Also, if speaking in layperson terms, families will more likely feel like they are equal partners in the conversation.

I would never want a family leaving a meeting with unanswered questions or confusion.

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