Chinese healthcare and educational services for children with autism need more development

By Sophia Xiang Sun, MD, PhD, MPhil, Master of Medicine
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) is much higher than originally thought internationally. China has a large population. If western prevalence estimate applied, we would expect a huge number of people with this condition in China. However, there has been little knowledge on the healthcare and education service for children with ASC in mainland China.

What did you do in your research?
Electronic databases and bibliographies were searched to identify literature on service provision for people with ASC in both English and Chinese databases. Fourteen studies and six reports were identified and reviewed.

What did you find out?
We learned that the service provision for people with ASC in mainland China included healthcare, mainstream education, private special education, and state-run special education. The literature on the situation of the healthcare system and educational services for children with ASC in China was profoundly limited.

What are the take-home messages?
There were great financial problems faced by the parents of children with ASC, which were partly due to the under-developed healthcare and educational system for ASC.

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Sophia Xiang Sun.

Full Journal Article
Sun, X., Allison, C., Auyeung, B., Baron-Cohen, S., & Brayne, C. (2013). A review of healthcare service and education provision of Autism Spectrum Condition in mainland China. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31(1), 469-479.