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P-ISSN: 2710-3919, E-ISSN: 2710-3927

International Journal of Autism

2022, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Part A

Response to the needs of students with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) during the COVID-19 outbreak in Bangladesh


Author(s): Sanjida Khanom and Tonni Aktar

Abstract: Purpose: The study exposes the challenging situation of students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh and manageable strategies to meet the educational, physical and psychological needs of students with ASD. Methodology: This qualitative research was conducted in two phases: information collection from parents of students with autism and looking for solutions from professionals. The snowball sample technique was selected for both phases due to the social distance rules. Findings: After interviewing twenty parents, three major critical situations were identified including no proper routine, new challenging behavior, no awareness among parents to consult with specialists. Acknowledging the challenging situation, the professional panel recommended six strategies, namely maintaining a proper routine, spending quality time with students, engaging with various kinds of activities, providing services & creating awareness through media, future community rehabilitation centers, money and resources support. Originality/value: This study provides evidence of challenging situations of students with ASD in the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh since there is little research on ASD. It also provides the recommendation to confront difficult times like the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Implication: The findings of the study can be effective for government and non-government organizations for a deeper understanding of encountering those challenging situations for students with ASD in future crisis cases. Practical Implication: Students with ASD will be benefited by implementing the given recommendations in the pandemic as well as future educational crises.

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How to cite this article:
Sanjida Khanom and Tonni Aktar. Response to the needs of students with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) during the COVID-19 outbreak in Bangladesh. International Journal of Autism. 2022; 2(2): 04-19.
International Journal of Autism