Journal of Undergraduate Research


children with autism, disabilities, Kosovo


David O. McKay School of Education


Counseling Psychology and Special Education


Kosovo was a focal point of conflict in the wars in Yugoslavia in the late 1990s. In 2008, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia leaving Kosovo partially recognized as an independent state today. Due to the combination of war, ethnic conflict, and poverty, Kosovo has been left with little resources available to meet the needs of parents and educators. Caring for children with these types of disabilities puts a heavy strain on Kosovar Families. “For parents of children with autism, identifying positive characteristics of the child and the relationship may be particularly beneficial because the stressors associated with the disability are likely to be chronic, and cannot be easily mastered.” (Steiner, 2010)

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