Socio-Cultural Support for Children with Autistic Disorders and Their Families: Japanese and Australian Contexts

By Poon Lung Ku and Mio Bryce.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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It is not uncommon to find autism among young children. Autism is a spectrum disorder with various labels, such as Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and can be classified as mild, moderate, severe and high functioning. Despite the fact that it covers a range of different diagnostic terms, children with autism have impairment in social awareness and interaction. Social ability is crucial in order to cope with everyday life. These children need assistance in learning communication skills so as to get along with others, especially their peers. Methods and styles of interaction and social support provided may vary between cultures and environments. This paper will investigate the socio-cultural contexts of children with autism and the support provided for them both in Japan and Australia, as well as identifying possible cultural hindrances to successful intervention strategies. Moreover, autism does not merely affect the child. It can mean chronic stress for the entire family. Family support advocated in both countries will also be discussed.

Keywords: Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Social, Cultural, Interventions, Family Support, Japan, Australia

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.491-504. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 652.606KB).

Poon Lung Ku

Student, Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Mio Bryce

Senior Lecturer, Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Senior Lecturer and Head of Japanese Studies in Dept. of International Studies at Macquarie University, teaching Japanese language, literature and manga related units. PhD in Japanese classical literature, The Tale of Genji, from the University of Sydney. Mio is particularly interested in historical, socio-cultural and psychological issues depicted in fiction. She is currently involved in interdisciplinary research into youth cultures, with particular focus on manga and anime, in conjunction with the English Department at Macquarie University.

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