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The Cultural and Contextual Adaptation of a Caregiver-Mediated Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Early Intervention for Young Children in a Low-Resource South African Setting


2015-05-17 02:46:07 - 2015-08-16 02:46:07

Project Objectives

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a major global health challenge as the majority of individuals with ASD live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and receive no services or support from health or social care systems. In this study, we will begin the process of contextually and culturally adapting the Parent Early Start Denver Model (P-ESDM) for a low-resource setting in Cape Town, South Africa. The P-ESDM is a brief, parent-mediated, and empirically supported early intervention for young children with ASD. The P-ESDM approach involves caregivers in intervention delivery, and may serve as a cost-effective means of providing sustainable ASD services in low-resource settings. In this study, qualitative research including in-depth interviews and focus groups will be conducted with key informants, including parents of children with ASD and local providers, so to aid in the adaptation of the P-ESDM. Data will be analyzed using a qualitative coding approach in order to develop a feasible and acceptable intervention.

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