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01-04-2014 | Original Paper | Uitgave 3/2014

Journal of Child and Family Studies 3/2014

Parental Perceptions of Services Provided for Children with Autism in Jordan

Journal of Child and Family Studies > Uitgave 3/2014
Mohammad A. AL Jabery, Diana H. Arabiat, Hatem A. AL Khamra, Iman Amy Betawi, Sinaria Kamil Abdel Jabbar


Providing formal support for children with autism and their parents is important and mandatory to improve children’s abilities and enhance the capabilities of parents. The present study attempted to investigate the perceptions of parents of children with autism regarding the services provided in Jordan. A questionnaire consisting of five sections was designed and distributed to a sample of 60 parents of children with autism (5–18 years old) among four special education institutions in Jordan. The questionnaire addressed five domains: demographics, type and number of received services, methods and difficulties of obtaining services, parents’ satisfaction, and parents’ perceived needed services. The results revealed that the service delivery system with which parents interacted was composed of multiple places and providers, but had several difficulties. Parents participating in this study expressed an average satisfaction with the received services. Issues pertaining to the cost of services, parents-professional partnerships, and overall quality of services were seen by parents as sources of low satisfaction. On the other hand, parents expressed the need for early intervention, family counseling, and community awareness services. Further suggestions and implications are presented in the study.

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