School relaunches autism spectrum disorder support group

2017-04-27 06:02
PHOTO: sourcedSt Martins de Porres Comprehensive school will launch its autism spectrum disorder parent support group this Friday in the new play therapy room.

PHOTO: sourcedSt Martins de Porres Comprehensive school will launch its autism spectrum disorder parent support group this Friday in the new play therapy room.

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AS part of World Autism Day, which is commemorated on April 2 annually, St Martins de Porres Comprehensive school will launch its autism spectrum disorder parent support group on Friday in the new play therapy room.

School speech language therapist, Kimeshree Moodley, part of the organising committee, said the support group was launched last year.

“This year, we will be relaunching it and inviting more parents and caregivers to join. Parents and caregivers of pupils within the school’s autism spectrum disorder unit as well as parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, who are provided with therapeutic services at state hospitals, have been invited to the support group,” said Moodley

She said the group aims to provide parents and caregivers with information­ about autism spectrum disorder, which will help them manage the lives of themselves, their child with autism spectrum disorder and the lives of other family members, such as siblings.

“The group also aims to create a platform for parents and caregivers to meet each other and discuss the difficulties they may be going through as well as to celebrate the triumphs of their children.”

“It is also important for the community to learn more about autism spectrum disorder, for us to have a more understanding society.”

Moodley said the new play therapy room is specially designed to assist pupils with modulating their senses.

Moodley explained what autism spectrum disorder is.

“Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder, it’s a lifelong condition and according to Autism South Africa, one child in 150 births is diagnosed with autism in South Africa.

“The ratio of the presence of autism in females versus males is 1:4.”

She said individuals with autism exhibit difficulty in four areas - social interaction, communication and language restricted repetitive behaviours, interests and activities and also sensory perception.

For more information on autism spectrum disorder, visit http://aut2know.co.za/autism-library/

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