Name: Sarosha Pillay
Qualification: MSc. Occupational Therapy
Position: PhD Scholar
Title: Towards Integrative Service Delivery for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Western Cape: A Mixed Methods Approach
Problem: The Western Cape Province is often viewed as one of the better resourced provinces in the country in terms of services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However more children being identified and referred to educational services in recent times has placed increasing demands on existing resources. Early intervention is essential for children with ASD yet a large number of these children wait long periods before educational services become available to them. There is an urgent requirement to establish current levels of needs, to determine the capacity for children with ASD in the education system and to generate solutions to this major problem.
Project: This study will aim to describe and explain the nature and extent of service needs for children with ASD in the Western Cape Province and make recommendations for future ASD service delivery for children with ASD and their families.