Current Status of Health and Social Services for Children with Autism in Iran: Parents’ Perspectives

  • Hadi Zarafshan Psychiatry and Psychology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • Mohammad Reza Mohammadi
  • Farid Abolhassani
  • Seyed Abbas Motevalian
  • Neda Sepasi
  • Vandad Sharifi
Keywords: autism, Iran, parent, services, Qualitative Study


Objective: The present study is a part of a larger study that aimed at developing a comprehensive model of service delivery for individuals with autism in Iran based on the local needs and characteristics. In this study, the status of the services provided to those with autism in Iran was investigated based on the perspectives of parents of children with autism. Method: A semi-structured interview was used to qualitatively investigate the status of the services with regards to autism in Iran based on the perspectives of parents of children with autism. Results: This study revealed several barriers, including shortness of eligible professionals, difficulty in access to care for families, high costs, and lack of formal and informal supports, in providing services to those with autism in Iran. Early detection and diagnosis are of prime importance. We also need to train our specialists to diagnose autism based on the standard protocols and tests. Conclusion: In sum, we need a comprehensive program that involves different sectors in charge of health and education in Iran.


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Zarafshan H, Mohammadi MR, Abolhassani F, Motevalian SA, Sepasi N, Sharifi V. Current Status of Health and Social Services for Children with Autism in Iran: Parents’ Perspectives. ijps. 14(1):76-3.
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