UTILIZING ANIMATED VISUALS AS AN ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)

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Syifa Az-Zahra
Muhammad Aris Rizqi
Dhimas Herdianta

Abstract

Introduction: The National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) in Indonesia underscores the crucial need to enhance health accessibility, with a specific emphasis on disability inclusion, particularly for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Recognizing the alignment of this initiative with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 10 and 11, the Indonesian government is committed to ensuring equal healthcare opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The significant number of autistic students in Indonesia further highlights the urgency of addressing these concerns.


Objectives: To address communication challenges in healthcare for individuals with autism, we developed and implemented "Sorari," aiming to enhance effective communication, promote social inclusion, and improve articulation of health-related needs.


Method:  Following the ADDIE concept and qualitative approach we developed "Sorari: Sorakeun Kanyeri, a product focusing on alternative communication methods, with a specific emphasis on visual aids. User-friendly principles were validated through checklist evaluations.


Result: Sorari: Sorakeun Kanyeri positively impacted accessibility, facilitating more effective communication and promoting social inclusion in healthcare settings. User and expert evaluations validated its feasibility through a checklist, ensuring user-friendly relevance for individuals with autism.


Conclusion: While Sorari: Sorakeun Kanyeri has shown success in enhancing communication and social inclusion, it is crucial to acknowledge the individual variability in communication needs. Regular assessments and adjustments are necessary to identify successes, challenges, and areas for improvement. Continuous support from a multidisciplinary team, including health promoters, disability specialists, therapists, special education teachers, and families, is vital for the sustained benefit of individuals with communication difficulties in accessing healthcare services.


 

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