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Research Paper | Physiotherapy | India | Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023
A Study of Awareness and Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Physiotherapist
Dr. Khushbu Naik
Abstract: Background: ASDs is a neuro- developmental disorder in which persons present with a range of impairments in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as restrictions in behaviors and interests. The incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased in recent years. This is because of greater awareness and newer, more effective diagnostic criteria. Aims & Objective: To assess awareness and knowledge of autism spectrum disorders among physiotherapists. Method: 210 physiotherapists were given online web - based questionnaire and knowledge was assessed based on their response. Result: 100% of the physiotherapists were aware of autism. Only 26.19% had adequate knowledge. 78 physiotherapist had treated autism patients. Physiotherapist with more experience and priorly treated patients performed better. Conclusions: The physiotherapist had appropriate adequate knowledge of ASD. Clinical experience and prior training were positively correlated to knowledge.
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, impairments
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023,
Pages: 1457 - 1461