Autism Spectrum Disorder
Every person in this world has some concerns about different things like someone is concerned about his family, someone is about job, someone is about career, someone who’s very very kind heart and is about poverty, starvation of poor people, think of Humanity etc, so everyone is having a aim of their #carefor thinkings minds. I am also concerned with something very positive and thoughtful. The thing came in my mind firstly through a workshop which I took in the primary school where I was teaching that was about a disorder in children which is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is very common and delicate Disorder that 76% of young boys and and 24% young girls are effected by it in Pakistan.
What is an Autism?
“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins early in childhood and lasts throughout a person’s life. It affects how a person acts and interacts with others, communicates, and learns. It includes what used to be known as Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorders”.
In the easier manner it is a disability which makes the differences in person’s life in social, emotional, physical, personal aspects, the relationships and social skills are hardly occurs by Autistic person. This disorder generates in human body after 18 months of birth and stabilize completely in the age of 3.
The common earliest signs or symptoms are as, non verbal i.e. troubling in speech which results less or no communication, less respond, involving in repetitive and sometimes restricted activities,like to stay alone for long, rigid or intense behaviors.
What is the treatment?
Sadly there’s no treatment that takes part to get rid of it completely but several interventions are introduced and developed in order to use with the young children that may reduce the effects and symptoms gradually and improves cognitive skills, and develop the ability of the child to participate and function in the community.
But it saddens me after research that Autism is really not a recognized disability in Pakistan and there’s huge population of Autistic children in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), commonly known as autism, is a recognised disability in the West but has yet to be acknowledged in Pakistan, where only four categories of disability are considered – visual impairment, hearing impairment, physical disability and mental retardation (MR) – a paediatrician said in a statement on International Autism Day on Wednesday.
Dr Syed Hashim Raza, a consultant paediatrician and specialist in neurodevelopment and neurodisability at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) said in a statement issued from the hospital that “there are no further categories within this entity of MR to delineate the extent and nature of intellectual deficit, subsequently no appropriate services could be put in place to help alleviate their difficulties.”
“There is a stigma attached to the word disability predominantly mental within Pakistan, whether it is culturally or socially constructed is debatable, but it certainly prevails within the most modern realm of the elite society as well within the rural demographics of Pakistan,” he added.
Everyone should play a part in changing attitudes towards people with autism, NHS DG says
As I sticked in this matter, I literally feel worst that I am not playing a significant role to resolve a little bit of this issue, there are many Autistic societies are now formed in Pakistan likely they are labeling it and promotion it nationally to take this matter as serious as it because it is related to the future generations of Pakistan likewise present too. I am now fully concerned with this and surely will join very soon any autism awareness program to get better learning and training and become a vital part of the society.