MoH organises workshop for parents of autistic children, psychologists

October 17, 2017

The Ministry of Health (MoH), represented by the Mental Health Section in the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases held a two-day workshop on 'Strategies for parents to deal with autistic children'.

The event was held at the Majan Continental Hotel under the patronage of H E Dr Ali bin Taleb al Hinai, Undersecretary for Planning Affairs in MoH.

The workshop which ended on Monday targeted parents of autistic children, as well as psychologists working in health institutions in order to raise awareness on strategies used in education and rehabilitation. It also aimed to appropriately serve and support individuals with autism and their families.

The workshop included lectures on autism, ways of improving pro-social behaviour and decreasing challenging behaviour, as well as alternative and augmentative communication.

Dr Said al Lamki, director, Primary Healthcare, MoH, pointed out that the global statistics indicated that autism rate in the sultanate is estimated around 1 among 68 children and the number of diagnosed cases reached 600 cases in Al Massarah Hospital and 800–1,000 in the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital.

At the event a number of experts from the May Institute in Boston, US gave lectures.

Autism refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and non-verbal communication.