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THE COMMUNICATION OF A CHILD WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER ON THE PROFESSIONAL’S PERCEPTION

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The objective of this study was to identify the perception of the education and health professionals regarding the communication of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The research was made in a philanthropic association of a city in the state of Sao Paulo, which works with children and youth with ASD in their off-school period. There were a total of 16 participants in this study – 14 were health professionals that work with children and youth with ASD. The data collection was carried out through a semi-structured interview elaborated by the authors of this research. The interview was recorded in a digital recorder and it was fully transcribed. The data analysis was done by means of content analysis. The data identified in this study show that, in general, formation is necessary to support the development of communication in a child with ASD. Most of the professionals have difficulties regarding communication of a child with ASD, do not consider different types of an individual’s communication, and do not know the possibilities of using supplementary and alternative communication. It’s fundamental to implement spaces of formation in order to build knowledge and exchange experiences, preparing those professionals in aspects involving communication.

Author(s):

Aila Narene Dahwache Criado Rocha    
Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP
Brazil

Brenda Pereira    
Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP
Brazil

Natalia Salles Correa    
Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP
Brazil

Paulo Roberto Rocha Júnior    
Faculdades Adamantinenses Integradas - FAI
Brazil

 

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