The Effectiveness of Nutritional Edification Programs for Mothers and Supervisors of Autistic Children

Document Type : Original Article


1 Prof. of Nutrition and Food Science, X-dean Faculty of Home Economics, MinufiyaUniversity.

2 Professor of Psychiatry, Mansoura University, Consultant of Psychiatry.

3 Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences 'Faculty of Home Economics, Minufiya University, Shibin El-Kom, Egypt.


The lack of health and food awareness of mothers is the uniting factors
affecting the nutritional status of autism children.Therefore,the
research sample was divided into two groups; which included the first
set before implementing the program of (75) mothers, a while the numbers of
supervisors (68) were chosen from three centers in the cities of Cairo and
Mansoura.The second group composed of a total number of (29) mothers and
(29) supervisors. The first model: a questionnaire for the mother,the second
model: aquestionnaire for the supervisors,the third model: A special
questionnaire to develop the skill of the manual study sample in the basics of
nutrition and meal planning.The results showed after correcting their answers
that the degree ranged between 12 to 21 degree, an average of 17.17±2.28,
which means the standard level, was average, which confirmed that more
advanced workshops are needed to raise the level of theknowledge. Afterwards
applying the workshop scheduled for extension program for the improvement
of knowledge in planning meals that were measured through the knowledge
test. The test to measure the level of knowledge is evident from these results
after correcting their answers and their grades ranged between 13 to 25
degrees, an average of 18.04±3.39 degree, which means, the standard level
was average.The study concluded the importance of further education
programs and the dissemination of food program at all extension centers in the
Arab Republic of Egypt.