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12:00 AM, April 05, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 05, 2011

'Make autistic children's life meaningful'


Artist Adil Hoque hands over his painting to Prof Md Monimul Hoque, chairperson of Bangladesh Society for Child Neurology, Development & Disability (BSCNDD), at an event organised on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day. Photo: Courtesy

A seminar titled ''Role of physicians in management of autism '' was held on Sunday to mark the World Autism Awareness Day.
Bangladesh Society for Child Neurology, Development & Disability (BSCNDD) organised the event, said a press release here yesterday.
About 300 people, including doctors, psychologists and therapists from government and private hospitals as well as teachers, students and parents of children with autism and special needs, attended the seminar.
Prof Md Monimul Hoque, chairperson of BSCNDD, presided over the programme while Prof Ekhlasur Rahman was present as the special guest.
Dr Farzana Islam, specialist in Child Mental Health, Pediatric Neurosciences Department, Dhaka Shishu Hospital and Dr Selina Husna Banu, associate professor, Neurosciences Unit, Shishu Shasthya Foundation Hospital were the speakers at its scientific session.
They highlighted diagnosis and treatment, education and training and role of drugs to fight against autism.
Prof Abid Hossain Mollah, Prof of Neonatology Dhaka Medical Collage Hospital gave the welcome address.
Prof Ekhlasur said there is alarming rise of Autism Spectrum Disorders being presented to Shishu Bikash Kendra in tertiary care public hospitals.
Prof Mizanur Rahman said, "We have to work together to make the life of an autistic child meaningful. It is a great success that BSCNDD has combined doctors, therapists and psychologists to work together for the benefit of children with special needs."
Chairperson Prof Monimul Hoque said, ''Autism is not only preventable but also treatable. It is not a psychiatric problem or mental problem, it is a problem in development."

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