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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 12/2015

29-07-2015 | Original Paper

“On the Sidelines”: Access to Autism-Related Services in the West Bank

Auteurs: Sarah Dababnah, Kathleen Bulson

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 12/2015

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Abstract

We examined access to autism-related services among Palestinians (N = 24) raising children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the West Bank. Using qualitative methods, we identified five primary interview themes. Poor screening, diagnostic, and psychoeducational practices were prevalent, as parents reported service providers minimized parental concerns and communicated ineffectively with the caregivers regarding treatment options. Geographic barriers and financial burdens prevented many families from seeking or maintaining services. Limited service availability was a dominant barrier: parents reported limited or denied access to education, community-based services, and ASD-specific interventions. Consequently, several families noted their children did not receive any services whatsoever. Research, practices and policies to address the shortage of services for children with ASD are urgently needed in the West Bank.
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Metagegevens
Titel
“On the Sidelines”: Access to Autism-Related Services in the West Bank
Auteurs
Sarah Dababnah
Kathleen Bulson
Publicatiedatum
29-07-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 12/2015
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-015-2538-y

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