Level I Multicultural Training Case Study


Please review the following information about this student and then respond to the questions at the bottom:

  • Gia is a 7-year-old girl who attends a full day school program where she receives OT, PT, and speech therapy in addition to part-time special educational services in her neighborhood public home.
  • Gia has a diagnosis of Specific Learning Disability. She also exhibits behaviors that are consistent with an Autism Spectrum Disorder but has not been formally evaluated.
    • Currently, Gia is placed in a part-time learning support classroom and included in second-grade general education classroom activities including morning meeting, specials, recess, and social studies.
    • Gia has difficulty with sensory processing and modulation, eye contact, and gross and fine motor development.
    • Gia appears to understand English as she complies with verbal direction. She passed her vision and hearing screening at school.
  • The family immigrated to the United States from Vietnam and includes Gia, her parents, her grandmother, a 1 ½-year-old sister, and a newborn brother.
    • Currently, the family lives in a very small apartment that consists of two small bedrooms, a living room, a small kitchenette, and a bathroom.
    • The family has few material goods, and the children do not have many toys. There is a neighborhood only a few blocks from the apartment building.
    • Father works, and the mother stays at home with the children and provides care for her elderly mother-in-law.
  • The family acts somewhat ashamed of Gia's problems, and it is difficult to communicate with them since their English is limited.
    • Because of her unpredictable behaviors and atypical responses to environmental stimuli, Gia is not included in family outings. One parent always stays at home with her.