The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences of IUMW was proud to host a roundtable discussion on the 24th of May 2017 to discuss the challenges faced by practitioners in providing early diagnosis and accessible interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by deficits in social interactions, communication, as well as the presence of restricted interest and repetitive behaviours. The increasing prevalence of ASD worldwide has highlighted the need for effective interventions to improve the developmental outcome of individuals with ASD.
As part of our commitment to bridging social policy, research, and clinical interventions, this roundtable had brought together representatives from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, scholars from University of Malaya, clinicians, and practitioners to contribute their expertise on the matter on effective and accessible early interventions for children with ASD.
Early detection is the key to effective treatment for ASD, therefore participants had unanimously agreed on the urgent need to raise awareness on the early symptoms of ASD among parents, educators, as well as public in general. As for increasing accessibility on early treatment, resources and efforts are needed to train qualified therapists and educators to administer evidence based interventions.
The purpose of this short discussion was to initiate thoughts on ways to address the challenges in early diagnosis and making effective treatment available to the ASD population. Other than that, the discussion was held to foster relationships among various experts in the field of ASD and subsequently lead to future collaborations that will leave a lasting impact to the community.
For more information on the programmes offered by the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences log on to www.iumw.edu.my or call 03 2617 3131. IUMW’s September 2017 intake is in progress and more information will be available on our Open Days held 8th to 10th of September 2017.