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Experts: Awareness needed for transitioning children with autism

  • Published at 04:11 pm October 19th, 2021
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The abilities and needs of people with autism vary and can evolve over time

Community awareness is one of the most important things needed for the transition of children with autism spectrum disorder(ASD), experts told a webinar.

According to them, transition from adolescent to adulthood is the biggest challenge for special children due to lack of specialized expert and very limited resources and services for them. 

When a community is aware they open opportunities for individual with ASD to participate as a part of the community, according to Thuji, behavior analyst, Autism Recovery Network.

“All along the way, as a child with autism condition is growing up; also generalized for non-autistic children as well; is that pay attention to their strengths and abilities, think about what the possible implication for the future and eventually for work, and involving in the community and then building relationship,” Stephen Shore, Clinical Assistant Professor of Ruth S Ammon School of Education, said.  

The remarks during a webinar on "Autism Spectrum Disorder" organized by Sajida Mental Health Program with the intent of increasing awareness about the benefits of early treatment for children. 

Sajida Foundation has been dedicatedly working to create awareness around ASD through dedicated programs, awareness generating activities, and targeted interactive sessions for all.

ASD are a diverse group of conditions characterized by some degree of difficulty with social interaction and communication. 

Other characteristics are atypical patterns of activities and behaviours, such as difficulty with transition from one activity to another, a focus on details and unusual reactions to sensations. 

The abilities and needs of people with autism vary and can evolve over time. While some people with autism can live independently, others have severe disabilities and require life-long care and support. 

While characteristics of autism may be detected in early childhood, but autism is often not diagnosed until much later. 

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