Dr. Sami Basha on Autism in Israel

ICare4Autism welcomed Dr. Sami Basha as an invited speaker for the International Autism Conference in Jerusalem, Israel.  Dr. Basha presented a talk entitled, “New Prospectives in Utilizing Basha Behavioral Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening Test (BAT).”

The presentation highlighted the progress of BAT, Dr. Basha’s work that has developed over the course of the last three years, and has been published in various languages.  His ultimate goal with his research is to utilize the BAT system to serve as a reference point for the education of children with ASD, in addition to a crucial diagnostic test that could potentially lead to earlier pedagogical interventions. 

Dr. Basha exhibited his research, describing this pilot study, which introduces a diagnostic instrument in the Palestinian Territories for the first time.  The study incorporated 180 student participants, and researchers were able to conclude that in the BAT, the length of diagnosis helped the researchers to learn more about each child’s individual conditions along the spectrum, and also gives reference to the severity of the disorder in order to highlight areas of attention in future treatments.

Dr. Sami Basha is the president assistant for quality and scientific research and the director of the special education center at Palestine Ahliya University College in Bethlehem.  His main interests in research focus on special and inclusive education as well as intercultural studies and minorities.  He has taught at various universities, and has been a consultant at institutions both on the local and international levels.  He completed his master’s and Ph.D. t the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, Italy.

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