AWARENESS AND UTILIZATION OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ON AUTISTIC PERSONS AMONG AUTISTIC CARE GIVERS IN ENUGU STATE, NIGERIA

Juliana Azuka Akuezuilo (PhD)

Abstract


The study investigated the Awareness and Utilization of Assistive Technology on Autistic persons among autistic care givers in Enugu State, Nigeria. Three research questions and three hypotheses guided the study. The study employed descriptive survey research design. The population of the study consists of 117(41 male and 76 female) autistic care givers in Enugu State gotten from Therapeutic Day care Centre, Abakpa Nike, Triple Care Children’s Hospital and Bina Foundation school for the special needs. A self-structured questionnaire titled, “Awareness and utilization of assistive technology by Autistic Care Givers (AUATACG)” was used for data collection. The questionnaire was structured using information from the reviewed literature and research questions. Data collected for research questions and hypotheses were analyzed using percentage scores and t-test statistics. From the findings of the study, majority of the autistic care givers were not aware of the assistive technology used by autistic persons to enhance their functional skills. Based on the findings of the study, recommendations were made. The researcher recommended among others that clinicians can work with families of the autistic persons to find effective strategies to reduce barriers to care.

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Autism, Autistic Technology, autistic care givers

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