Recent studies about autism in Saudi Arabia conclude that “relatively little is known” (Al-Salehi, Al-Hifthy, & Ghaziuddin, 2009) about the disorder and its intervention programs. While statistics show that approximately 6 out of a thousand children are affected by the developmental delay (Bedu, 2009), autism specialists in the Kingdom were not trained well enough to mediate in autism cases.
What is so compelling about intervention is that children have a greater chance of recovering from autism if they received medical attention and therapy before the age of three. But since there are only two autism specialists in KSA, the likelihood of giving autism sufferers the necessary therapy is smaller compared to other developing countries which have many autism specialists.
Autism is a highly treatable developmental delay. If children are not able to get treatment before age three, chances of recuperating from autism are lowered. Also, “at least 10 percent of children with autism overcome the disorder by age 9 – most of them after undergoing years of intensive behavioral therapy” (Tanner, 2009).
It is therefore advised that this research is approved to help create early intervention programs for autism sufferers and thus decrease the likelihood of these children carrying the developmental delay until adolescence.
The methodology will be quantitative in nature. The researcher will make use of experimentations in order to determine which set of therapeutic activities will best help children with autism. The researcher is in high hopes that this will contribute to greater awareness about autism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Al-Salehi, S. M., Al-Hifthy, E. H., & Ghaziuddin, M. (2009). Autism in Saudi Arabia: Presentation, Clinical Correlates and Comorbidity. Transcultural Psychiatry , 340-347.
Bedu, A. (2009, August 6). Autism and Saudi Arabia. Retrieved August 5, 2010, from American Bedu: http://americanbedu.com/2009/08/06/autism-and-saudi-arabia/
Tanner, L. (2009, May 10). Can children recover from autism? Retrieved August 5, 2010, from Saudi Gazette: http://www.google.com.ph/search?q=saudi+gazette+and+autism&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a