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Early diagnosis, prompt intervention needed in autism cases, feel experts at Shafallah meet.

Mona Mashhoor


EARLY diagnosis followed by prompt intervention in cases of children with autism was emphasised at the second consecutive annual conference on Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis which began at the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs on Sunday.

Medical specialists representing various institutions and researchers stressed the importance of early intervention in autism cases using methods of verbal behaviour, education and communication at the conference and also discussed findings on symptoms of autism.

The conference provided useful information on behavioural analysis as specialists and medical experts shared their knowledge regarding services and methods necessary to aid children living with autism in the region.

The conference established ways to deal with autistic children, reflecting a deep belief in the idea of their integration into the society through allowing them to intermingle with other children rather than treating them as a special category.

This was based on scientific evidence in the field of mental stability that proves that the contemporary trends of daily life are just as fundamental in shaping the development of an autistic child as that of a normal child.

A brief moment was taken to share the importance of raising awareness regarding social responsibility towards autistic children. The experts said that the civil society and the media can play significant role in influencing the masses on the kind of approach they need to have towards children with autism.

The conference also aimed at enabling trainers and specialist centres in implementing the methods of developmental interaction, familiarising them with the ways and means necessary to increase a child's chances in learning new things and tapping into unknown gifts and talents.

According to the experts, the methods of applied behaviour analysis can be used in early detection and intervention for children with autism, which can severely impact the way trainers shape the path that will ultimately lead to the child's development and mental capacities and tendencies.

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Date:Apr 25, 2016
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