The Faculty of Graduate Studies awarded the researcher Haneen AlBanna a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in response to her thesis entitled “The Degree of Availability of Related Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Students Kindergarten in Nablus”.
This study aims at detecting the prevalence of indicators relevant to Autism spectrum disorder among Kindergarten students in Nablus Governorate, besides examining the differences between these indicators depending on the variables of : sex, parents’ kinship, the presence of other family members having autism, education ,hyper action ,distraction and speech disorder.
The society of the studyconsists of all kindergarten students in Nablus Governorate during the first semester of scholastic year (2016-2017) , with total (13,099) .A random sample was examined , where individuals were selected intentionally to go with the study nature and goals.The researcher used Basha Diagnostic Tool for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The study results showed that (66%) of the sample showednormal behavioral indicators ,while (10.5%) showed the prevalence of mild autism, and (10.5%) moderate autism , (13%) had severe indicators. Meanwhile, there were no effects related to sex, speech disorder, parents’ kinship and education variables .At the same time, the variables of hyper action , distraction and the presence of family members having Autism had significant effect.Based on these results, the researcher made several recommendations, the most important ones:
1- The Ministry of Education is advised to carry out training courses addressing education staff on the Autism topic : ways of discovering & diagnosing, and to cooperate with relative local special education institutions.
2- Conducting Diagnostic surveys in schools to detect any autism disorder cases among students.
Integrating Autism students in public schools & providing all needed facilities.
The committee consisted of: Dr. Fayez Mahamid as a main supervisor and Chairman, Dr. Sami Basha as an external examiner and Dr. Fakher Khalili as an internal examiner.
At the end of the session, the committee approved the success of the researcher and recommended her a Master’s degree.