Dealing with Shame: Saudi Mothers’ Responses to Their Children’s Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Mona F Sulaimani
Dianne M Gut


Autism Spectrum Disorder, Stigma, Mothers’ Perceptions


Autism is a disorder affecting individuals’ academic, communication, and social development. The findings of this qualitative study report 15 Saudi mothers’ responses to their children’s diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and provide insights into mothers’ experiences and responses to stigma in the context of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Autism in Saudi Arabia: Present Realities and Future Challenges by Mona F. Sulaimani & Dianne M. Gut is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Based on a work at Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at

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