The development and feasibility evaluation of a module in improving functioning of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asd)

Wong Ging Ging, Normah Che Din, Mahadir Ahmad

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Abstract

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have significant challenges in their daily life including social communication and interaction, emotional awareness and management, as well as behavioural issues. Many interventions are conducted based on theoretical backgrounds and past literature. There is lack of research study that interview and explore the real psychological needs of children with ASD in Malaysia. It is a significant component as their needs may vary depending on the cultural background, lifestyle, and social norms. Besides, there is a need to develop standardised intervention module to enhance intervention fidelity and replication of future study. The current study aims to scrutinise the psychological needs of children with ASD in Malaysia, develop a standardised group intervention module based on the identified needs, and then examine the feasibility of the developed module. Nine children with moderate to high functioning of ASD (7 to 12 years old) and their parents from Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak participated in the study. Result from the focus group interview suggests that children with ASD have three major psychological needs which are sociocommunication, awareness of danger, and emotions. The group intervention module was designed to fulfil these needs. The feasibility result shows that the designed module is practical, useful, and understandable for the participants. In view of this, future study may explore the effectiveness of the module. Once the module is proven effective, it can be patented and utilised to improve the psychological functioning of children with ASD in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-155
Number of pages10
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume2018
Issue numberSpecialissue1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2018

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Psychology
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Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Children
  • Feasibility
  • Group intervention
  • Psychological needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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