JKICPS organizes symposium on autism

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Srinagar, Apr 5: On the occasion of World Autism Awareness week, a one day symposium was organised by Jammu & Kashmir Integrated Child Protection Services and PG Department of Home Science (Human Development), University of Jammu at Hotel Ramada, Jammu.
Autism is a complex Neurobehavioral condition that includes impairments in social interaction and developmental language and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviours.
The objective of this symposium was to make ICPS functionaries as well as other stakeholders aware about Autism Spectrum Disorder, its characteristics and interventions that can be helpful to these children and their parents. The ICPS personnel were trained to identify children who are suspected to suffer from Autism.
G.A Sofi , State Mission Director, ICPS, Prof Keshav Sharma, Dean Academic Affairs, Jammu University, Dr. Sarika Manhas, Associate Professor, Department of Home Science, Jammu University and Ajay Salan, DCPO Jammu inaugurated the workshop.
G.A Sofi in his welcome address highlighted the role of active awareness among general masses about this steadily increasing Autism Disorder among rural and urban community throughout the world. The objective of holding this workshop was to educate people about Autism and dealing with Children having Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Prof. Keshav Sharma, Dean Academic Affairs, University of Jammu thanked JKICPS and Department of Home Science University of Jammu for organizing such an important workshop, which is for the larger benefit of the Community.
Other Resource Persons on the Occasion were Dr. Bharti Tandon, MIER Jammu, Neha Kalra, In charge District Resource Centre, Umesh Sharma, Chairman Disabled Care Foundation and Dr. Manu Arora, Psychiatrist. Scholars and students from PG Department of Home Science, Jammu University also attended the workshop. (KNS)