Characteristics of Autism Center in Malaysia

Amily Fikry, Hamizah Hassan

Abstract


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a group of mental developmental disabilities; with one out of 625 Malaysian children has autism. Noting that, the existence of center that provides varieties of treatments is crucial to reduce numerous aberrant behaviors of children with Autism. This paper aims to explore the characteristics of autism centers in Malaysia.  Based on phone interviews conducted with the staff of 22 Autism centers, it was found that majority of Autism centers in Malaysia requires children to undergo a diagnostic test, offered a combination of classes and charged classes fees in the range of RM356 to RM 600 per month.

© 2016. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Keywords: Autism; Malaysia; center; characteristic


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v1i4.173

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