Awareness about autism among school teachers in Oman: A cross-sectional study

Marwan M. Al-Sharbati, Yahya M. Al-Farsi, Allal Ouhtit, Mostafa I. Waly, Mohamed Al-Shafaee, Omar Al-Farsi, Maha Al-Khaduri, Mona F. Al-Said, Samir Al-Adawi

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Abstract

Children with special needs such as those with autism spectrum disorder have been recorded as ostracized and stigmatized in many parts of the world. Little is known about whether such negative views are present among mainstream teachers in Oman. A cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate school teachers' awareness about autism spectrum disorder in an urban region in Oman. A total of 164 teachers were randomly enrolled from five schools. Misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder were found to be common among mainstream teachers in the country. We posit that such lack of awareness was likely to be rooted with sociocultural patterning as well as conflicting views often "spun" by the scientific community and mass media. Enlightened views toward children with autism spectrum disorder should be presented to Omani teachers to overcome misconceptions and negative attitudes toward children with autism spectrum disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-13
Number of pages8
JournalAutism
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 19 2015

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Awareness
  • Misconceptions
  • Oman
  • Teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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