Autism services in low-resource areas

Amira T. Masri, Arwa K. Nasir, Aya G. Irshaid, Fatima Y. Irshaid, Farah K. Alomari, Faisal A. Khatib, Abdelkarim A. Al-Qudah, Omar A. Nafi, Miral A. Almomani, Mahmoud A. Bashtawi

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Objectives: To explore access to intervention services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Jordan. Methods: We used prospective cross sectional design and survey methodology to collect information from the parents of a convenient sample of children with ASD aged 2.5-17 years and who attended pediatric neurology clinics in 3 different university affiliated hospitals in 3 geographic areas in Jordan from February to December 2018. Results: We interviewed parents of 274 children with ASD. One hundred ninety-six (71.5%) received rehabilitation services. The average age at first session was 3.9 years. The most common services received were behavioral therapy (182; 66.4%). The average weekly hours were highest for speech and behavioral therapy; 6.25 and 6.64 respectively. Private centers for developmental disabilities were the most commonly used followed by private centers for ASD. The most common barriers were costs (138; 58%) and transportation (88; 37.5%). Most parents (198; 72.3%) prefer to receive rehabilitation in a specialized center for autism, and most did not want to receive training to train their child themselves . Conclusion: Most children with ASD in Jordan have limited access to recommended autism services. The development of future interventions must consider the needs of those living in limited resource regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-122
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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