Challenges encountered: A Qualitative analysis of professionals’ lived experiences in the field of autism




Families, Scholars, Services, Professionals, Autism Spectrum Disorder


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) significantly impacts American families, requiring substantial support from professionals in the field. This qualitative study explores the experiences of nine professionals in the ASD field using a phenomenological framework. Four main themes emerged from the analysis: 1) Service Delivery Constraints, 2) Knowledge Limitations, 3) Professional Adaptation, and 4) Future Directions. These findings illuminate the unique challenges professionals face in service delivery and their roles within the autism field. The study provides practical and scholarly insights based on real-life experiences, benefiting professionals, scholars, and families with children with autism.


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Author Biographies

Tony Bobadilla, Social Work Department, Nazareth University, USA

Tony Bobadilla, Ph.D., LCSW, is a passionate scholar-practitioner in the field of social work who divides his time between clinical practice, training, consulting, scholarly writing and research. He teaches at Nazareth University. He holds an Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization and is a Behavioural Specialist.

Janet Espinoza, School of Social Work, Our Lady of the Lake University, USA

Janet Espinoza, LCSW is dedicated to helping children and families, conducting research, and educating future social workers. She is currently a PhD student, adjunct faculty member at Our Lady of the Lake University, and a mental health provider in acute inpatient and private practice settings. Her passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others is evident in her multifaceted roles and unwavering commitment to her profession.


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How to Cite

Bobadilla, T., Hebert, E. B., & Espinoza, J. (2024). Challenges encountered: A Qualitative analysis of professionals’ lived experiences in the field of autism. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, 20, 1–11.