‘Miss mum’: mind and affective experience of Korean learners identified with autism spectrum and cognitive difficulties

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Disability & Society, ISSN: 0968-7599, Vol: 29, Issue: 10, Page: 1583-1600

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Hwang, Yoon-Suk
Informa UK Limited; Routledge
Social Sciences; Health Professions; autism; cognitive difficulties; affective experience; qualitative inquiry; Korean culture; mind; Education
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Responding to the call for culturally informed research on autism spectrum (AS) to allow for the provision of appropriate services, this paper qualitatively explores the affective experience of five Korean learners identified with AS and cognitive difficulties by listening to their voices. The learners, supported by the use of visual aids and a choice of their preferred mode of communication, expressed the complexity of their inner experience that encompassed abilities as well as difficulties. The findings highlight the commonalities of experience between Korean and non-Korean individuals with AS, along with some aspects specific to the Korean cultural context.