Perspectives of key stakeholders on educational experiences of children with autism spectrum disorders at the Kenyan Coast

African Journal of Disability

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Title Perspectives of key stakeholders on educational experiences of children with autism spectrum disorders at the Kenyan Coast
Creator Abubakar, Amina Gona, Joseph K. Kipkemoi, Patricia Rimba, Ken Amukambwa, Dennis Newton, Charles R.J.C.
Subject education autism spectrum disorders; education; assessment; teacher training; special needs
Description Background: Little is known about the educational experiences of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the Kenyan Coastal context.Objectives: We examined the diagnostic and placement procedures used in education on the Kenyan coastal region. In addition, we investigated the education-related challenges faced by children with ASD.Methods: We conducted focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with 21 participants, including teachers, clinicians and educational administrators. Data were analysed using an inductive thematic framework on qualitative data analysis software, NVIVO 10.Results: The findings from this study indicate that there were no systematic approaches to diagnosing children as having ASD. Teachers reported experiencing many challenges, including a lack of specialised training, inadequate resources and difficulty in managing children with different functional abilities in one class.Conclusion: There is an urgent need for contextually relevant evidence-based identification, placement and management services to be put in place to meet the educational needs of children with ASD.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor This research was funded through the Cheryl & Reece Scott Professorship award to Prof. Charles Newton.
Date 2022-02-23
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative Research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v11i0.847
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 11 (2022); 6 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
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Coverage Kenya 2012-2013 Key Stakeholders in Special Education
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Amina Abubakar, Joseph K. Gona, Patricia Kipkemoi, Kenneth Rimba, Dennis Amukambwa, Charles R.J.C. Newton