Lesia Smith from the Centre of Autism Research in Africa (CARA) translated and examined the cultural appropriateness of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 in Afrikaans. The findings from her study “highlighted unique aspects of the language (‘Kaaps’) that need to be considered during Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 administration. The social interaction demands of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 appeared appropriate, and sufficient familiarity with Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 materials and activities was found to support the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2”. To access the full-text of her manuscript in Autism click here.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is considered a global public health concern, yet little is known about ASD in sub-Saharan Africa. In a recent review by Lauren Franz, Nola Chambers and Petrus de Vries from the Centre of Autism Research in Africa aimed to address the gap in our understanding of ASD in sub-Saharan Africa, and recommends “a substantial need for large-scale clinical, training and research programmes to improve the lives of people who live with ASD”. The review published in Autism Research can be accessed by clicking here.
A great need exists for culturally appropriate tools, particularly in detecting symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Nola Chambers and some of her colleagues examined early detection of ASD in isiZulu-speaking children in South Africa. The study was published in Autism and can be accessed by clicking here.
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