Researchers from University of Leicester aim to further understanding of autism in South Asian families

Posted by es328 at Apr 05, 2017 09:37 AM |
Project to create psychoeducation videos on Autism Spectrum Disorder for families in the South Asian Community in Leicestershire

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 5 April 2017

A new project led by the University of Leicester aims to develop and evaluate online videos to educate families from the South Asian Community in Leicestershire about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The research was announced during World Autism Awareness Week which ran between 27 March and 2 April. The research, funded by the Carlton Hayes Charitable Trust and led by Dr Michelle O’Reilly from the University of Leicester’s Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, in collaboration with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, will develop a number of online video resources.

These resources will be created to help families from the South Asian community have a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The materials will be developed in a range of South Asian languages, which reflects the cultural diversity of Leicester and the recognition that English is not the first language for a significant proportion of the population of Leicestershire.

Dr O’Reilly explained: “Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition that has been increasingly recognised in the last few years and we know that it is present in all cultures.

“There is very little available information easily accessible to those who do not have English as a first language, and with an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder being essential to working with children and adults with this condition, it is essential that families and other relatives have the knowledge which can help them.”

The evaluation of these videos will look at the use of this media as a platform for information to this community and provide feedback on the format and content provided.

Dr Khalid Karim, from the University’s Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour will also working on the project, added: “Developing these materials will help to demystify some of the confusions about Autism Spectrum Disorder and educate families about this condition.”

The study will be running until September 2017.

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