Responding to Needs of Families Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Teacher training program. Courtesy ACE

Teacher training program. Courtesy ACE

Based on the theme 'Developing effective and sustainable multi-sectorial programs for individuals, families and communities living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs)'300 participants from 31 countries engaged in thematic panel discussions on community-based services about early identification, interventions, education, employment and ensuring rights &supported independent living.

On World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has joined the global call to empower women and girls with autism and involve them and their advocates in policy and decision-making to address the challenges they face.

Rajib Ahsan Munna, whose autistic son Anuj Aroni Golpo attends a special school, complained that most of the teachers in these schools lack proper training.

The study also suggests autistic children are very rarely admitted to regular schools, said Ghosh.

The IPNA would organize a four-day art competition at Nalini Kanta Bhattashali exhibition gallery of Bangladesh national museum with the paintings of the children with autism.

"Hopefully it gets approved and we'll have a medicine for him", said Scarpulla. These findings may point toward potential imaging biomarkers for preschool-age patients with ASD. Shows extreme anxiety when they daily routine disrupted. "That's what House Bill 218 did", she explained. ‘So, we need to know about their activities at home.

What needs to be understood is that symptoms and needs of children with autism can be extremely diverse.

Nonetheless, whether these symptoms of autism are present or not, the best measure for early detection is to always have a child undergo screening at 18 and 24 months. "They're nice, they support me really well", he said.

She said other areas of current focus include creating connections for parents with children on the autism spectrum, and building self-advocacy groups for adults with autism. Children who are autistic might find it hard to maintain eye to eye contact with a person, might have some behavioral tics or speech patterns.

Freddie Highmore, the star of ABC's hit show "The Good Doctor", took to social media over the weekend to promote April as World Autism Month.

Though ASD is a non-preventable mental health issue, it is important to know that through therapies like art therapy, applied behaviour analysis therapy, play therapy, behavioural improvements / management is possible, said Dr Nethra Balasubramaniam, counselling psychologist, Fortis Malar Hospital.

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