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Psychology Colloquium with Dr. Kanza Hashmat

Author: Jennifer Marie McWilliams

Posted on Feb 20, 2020

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Dr. Kanza Hashmat, from the University of New Brunswick, will deliver a colloquium entitled "Barriers to early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) amongst the immigrant population in New Brunswick (NB)" on Friday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. in Keirstead Hall's Snodgrass Lounge (K105). All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Barriers to early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) amongst the immigrant population in New Brunswick (NB)
Autism affects one in 66 children in Canada now. This new estimate is roughly 30 per cent higher than the estimate for 2008 (one in 88), roughly 60 per cent higher than the estimate for 2006 (one in 110), and 120 per cent higher than the estimates for 2002 and 2000 (one in 150). About one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls were identified with ASD. Most children identified with ASD were not diagnosed until after age four, even though children can be diagnosed as early as age two. A qualitative study will be conducted. Data will be collected from an immigrant population (first generation) with kids on ASD within the age range of three and 13 years. The data collection process involves interviews, and questionnaires of the mothers with children on ASD, studies will record the age when the diagnosis was given, maternal education level, family socioeconomic and marital status, ethnicity and access to the health care system. This will enable us to look at the barriers leading to early diagnosis of ASD. With the results, we will form a means of action based on the conclusion. The qualitative methodology will be used to find barriers in the research. We will then organize and rationalize the need for increased awareness of ASD and interventions for the barriers. My aim is to develop a cost-effective intervention at the community level for early detection of ASD, better accommodate the needs of immigrant families and support health equity.

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