Evaluation of Application of Strategies about Pragmatic Language for Trainers who work at Autism Centers in Baghdad city

Abstract

Objectives: To assess the level of trainers' knowledge about the application of strategies and to find out the relationship between ttrainers knowledge and their socio-demographic characteristics. Methodology: A pre-experimental design was utilized among one group of 47 trainers working at the private Autism Centers in Baghdad with data collected from January 8th, 2022 to February 13th, 2022. Using non-probability samples (convenient samples), self-management technology in which trainers fill out the questionnaire form themselves was used in the data collection process; it was analyzed through descriptive and inference statistics.Results: Trainers' knowledge of strategies used to improve pragmatic language was highly significant in all items but the highest was for item no. 1 and 4., and the result about the relationship between socio-demographic characteristics and trainers' knowledge were weak in all variables except the information variable with degree of high significant (P= 0.001).Conclusions: The study concluded that trainers working for autism centers are only females. There was weak correlation between the trainer's knowledge and socio-demographic characteristics. However, the results showed a significant correlation between the trainer's knowledge of pragmatic language and their information about the pragmatic language for children with Autism.Recommendations: Using appropriate strategies to improve pragmatic language for children with ASD is crucial.