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Strengthening skills of parents for autistic children underscored

By City Desk
13th-Mar-2018       
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Experts at a workshop stressed strengthening skills and knowledge of parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) aiming to effectively address autism in the country.The country does not have enough professional therapists to handle the cases of autistic children having their unique problems, so there is no alternative to strengthening the skilled and knowledge of parents and caregivers of autistic children, they said.
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)
in partnership with the Foundation for Advancement of Innovations in
Technology and Health, Bangladesh (faith Bangladesh) recently organised the workshop titled, 'Autism Spectrum Disorders: Improving Children's Ability to Talk and Mix with Peers' at its Sasakawa auditorium in city's Mohakhali. The workshop, which was a continuation of therapeutic practice programmes, was arranged to empower parents and caregivers raising children with ASD. It was designed to strengthen each child's communication skills allowing them to reach their full potential.
Deputy Executive Director of icddr,b Syed Monjurul Islam, Executive Director of Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) Major General (rtd) M Shafiq-ul-Islam, Executive Director of faith Bangladesh Nilufer Ahmed Karim, Head of the Technical Training Unit of icddr,b Dr Aftab Uddin and founder Director of SOCH India Malvika Samni, among others, spoke at the workshop.
The speakers pointed out that the parents and close-relatives, who serve as caregivers to autistic children, should be provided with the particular knowledge and skills to administer them the occupational, speech and behavioral therapy, including educational and social service needs.  Speaking as the chief guest, Syed Monjurul Islam said every parent or caregiver, particularly mothers of children having ASD, should be empowered with proper training to support their children in leading a normal life.  Dr Aftab Uddin said tackling ASD requires many actors, from parents through providers to policymakers.

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