Launch of the book “Autism and behavioral sciences”

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Islamabad: Offering much-needed knowledge, awareness, treatment plans and scientific approach to autism, a book by Canadian-based Pakistani psychologist and autism expert Saima Akram was launched here on Wednesday.

Titled “Autism and Behavioral Science,” the book provides practical strategies in recent scientific research and practice in the field of autism. Concepts are premeditated with a balance of conceptual, practical, empirical and theoretical information to bridge the gap between research and daily practice.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition involving persistent challenges with social communication, restricted interests, and repetitive behavior. Worldwide, one in 100 children worldwide has autism. This estimate represents an average figure and the reported prevalence varies considerably between studies. Some well-controlled studies, however, have reported significantly higher numbers.

South Asian statistics estimate there may be 350,000 autistic children in Pakistan. Unfortunately, most of these children go undiagnosed due to lack of diagnostic awareness and expertise. Saima has international work experience in the fields of Autism, Psychology, Counseling, Psychotherapy, Behavioral Analysis, Special Education, Community Development, Project Management and Counseling. equity and gender equality.

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