ERIC Number: EJ1144851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Services for Children with Autism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Alnemary, Fahad M.; Aldhalaan, Hesham M.; Simon-Cereijido, Gabriela; Alnemary, Faisal M.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v21 n5 p592-602 Jul 2017
Little information is available about autism spectrum disorder services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A sample of 205 parents completed an online survey about the use of autism spectrum disorder services for their children. The results revealed that on average, children began services by 3.3 years. Most parents reported utilizing non-medical treatments followed by biomedical treatments and cultural and religious treatment. The age at the initiation of services and the type of treatments used differed by parent's income, educational attainment, the extent of knowledge about autism spectrum disorders, and geographic location. Some child characteristics also influenced the use of services. The disparities in service utilization in Saudi Arabia point to the need to develop policy and interventions that can mitigate the paucity of services for children with autism spectrum disorders. More research is needed to better understand service use and the decision-making processes that underlie treatment selection by parents of children with autism spectrum disorders in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Foreign Countries, Parent Surveys, Online Surveys, Intervention, Geographic Location, Services, Religion, Family Income, Educational Attainment, Policy Formation, Decision Making, Children, Correlation, Age Differences, Therapy, Regression (Statistics), Prediction, Family Characteristics, Parent Background
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Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia