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Preschool practitioners’ readiness towards early detection of Asperger syndrome: a need for a screening instrument for preschoolers

Abd Hamid, Siti Rafiah and Saad, Supiah and Ismail, Khamsiah and Ibrahim, Haniz and Nik Abd Rahman, Nik Suryani and Ismail, Nik Ahmad Hisham (2016) Preschool practitioners’ readiness towards early detection of Asperger syndrome: a need for a screening instrument for preschoolers. In: International Conference on Education Towards Global Peace 2016, 30th November-1st December 2016, Kuala Lumpur. (Unpublished)

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This study explored preschool practitioners’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of screening for the attributes of the Asperger Syndrome. It involved a focus group discussion with six (6) preschool practitioners from different institutions in Klang Valley. The constructs discussed were the practitioners’ awareness, knowledge of the Asperger Syndrome attributes and the availability of any AS screening instruments, as well as teachers and practitioners’ skills in handling special needs children. The research question addressed was “Apakah jenis maklumat, pengetahuan, kemahiran dan kesedaran mengenai sindrom Asperger dalam kalangan guru-guru prasekolah di Malaysia?” using an interview protocol. The findings derived several major themes and sub-themes, such as i) difficulties in identifying Asperger Syndrome and other disorders; ii) useful information from other sources; and iii) exposure to instruments is necessary. Findings from this study bear important implications for the special needs division at the Ministry of Education which needs to address the importance of developing a screening instrument for Asperger Syndrome specially tailored for the Malaysian education setting.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Uncontrolled Keywords: pre shool asperger development of instrument
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050.9 Educational psychology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education > Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling
Kulliyyah of Education
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 09:18
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 09:18
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/96223

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