About 14.6 per 1000 School Age Children suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder-Haleema Sadia

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 About 14.6 per 1000 School Age Children suffer
from 
Autism Spectrum Disorder-Haleema Sadia

Early assessment and intervention are
crucial to a child’s long term success

RAWALPINDI:About 14.6 per 1000 School Age Children suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder. This was stated by Halima Sadia, Director Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Autism Specialist, Shifa International Hospital while speaking on ASD at National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi on 28th November 2017. She pointed out that etiology of ASD include genetics, biological and environmental factors. ASD typically appears during the early years of life. Early assessment and intervention are crucial to a child’s long term success.

Speaking about the symptoms of ASD she mentioned no social smiling by 6 months, no babbling, pointing, or meaningful gestures by 12 months, no one-word communications by 16 months, no two-word phrases by 24 months, poor eye contact, loss of skills at any time, not responding to sounds, voices or names, not showing items or sharing interest, unusual attachment to one particular toy or object. In such a situation one must talk to the r pediatrician about concerns. Its prevalence according to CDC, 2014 is in 68 school-age children which makes 14.6 per 1000 children. The lifetime expense to treat and care an ASD patient has been estimated to 2.3 Million US$.

She concluded her presentation by stating that behavior therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy might help the ASD child to improve behaviorally. Early intervention is the key to good prognosis. Dr. Rehma Gilani speaking on this occasion shared her experience to look after an Autistic Child. Miss Anum Farooq coordinated all the events since her doctoral thesis related to ASD. In the end Pro-Vice Chancellor NUMS, Maj Gen (Retd) Professor Muhammad Aslam thanked the facilitator and audience for absorbing session. Vice Chancellor NUMS, Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, highlighted the importance of such seminars and presented the NUMS souvenir to the Guest Speakers. (PR)

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