The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in urban Indonesia: a brief report

Sidjaja, Fransisca Febriana, Newcombe, Peter Anthony, Sofronoff, Irwanto and Sofronoff, Kate (2016) The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in urban Indonesia: a brief report. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 1-12. doi:10.1080/1034912X.2016.1162768

Author Sidjaja, Fransisca Febriana
Newcombe, Peter Anthony
Sofronoff, Irwanto
Sofronoff, Kate
Title The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in urban Indonesia: a brief report
Journal name International Journal of Disability, Development and Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-346X
Publication date 2016-04-13
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1034912X.2016.1162768
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The best practice guidelines for assessing and diagnosing Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in developed countries present a challenge for health practitioners in developing countries where services are very limited. As a starting point to understand these challenges, the present study investigated the needs and practices of urban Indonesian practitioners in their assessment of young children with ASD. A questionnaire was developed and distributed to 67 Indonesian health practitioners who reported that they assessed at least one case of ASD a month. Using descriptive statistics, it was found that best practice components were not easily applied in Indonesia. The use of a multistage system and a multidisciplinary approach remains a challenge. Furthermore, most practitioners endorsed the need for validated tools in Indonesian language and training in assessing ASD. This is the first study, to our knowledge, that aims to evaluate the diagnostic processes, needs and challenges of Indonesian practitioners in diagnosing ASD.
Keyword Assessment
Assessment tools
Autism spectrum disorder
Best practice
Developing country
Health practitioners
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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