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ERIC Number: EJ843262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
What We Know about Autism in Africa: A Brief Research Synthesis
Ametepee, Lawrence K.; Chitiyo, Morgan
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v10 n1 p11-13 Spr 2009
Aside from Lotter's groundbreaking studies in six African countries, few studies about autism in Africa have been published. The samples in the published studies do not appear to be representative of children in the respective countries. Hence, it is difficult to determine the prevalence rate of the disorder in the countries. However, the studies have shown that children with autism in both the West and Africa generally exhibit almost similar behaviors. This paper examines available studies and discusses how much is known about autism in Africa. It is anticipated that such an effort will generate discussion and more research on the subject leading to better understanding of the disorder and thereby promoting better treatment outcomes among this population. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa