One in 100 kids is estimated to have autism: Expert
It is estimated that worldwide one in 100 children has autism, this is an average figure and the reported prevalence varies substantially across studies.
The author of the book “Autism and Behavioural Science” Saima Akram expressed these views while speaking at the book launching ceremony.
Saima Akram is a Canada-based Pakistani psychologist and autism expert.
She said autism spectrum disorder was a complex developmental condition involving persistent challenges with social communication, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviour.
Some well-controlled studies have, however, reported figures that are substantially higher, she further said.
The book-launch was held at The Black Hole, a non-profit organization in G-11/3 and attended by health professionals, autism experts and members of civil society.
According to the author, statistics from South Asia estimate that there may be 350,000 children with autism in Pakistan.
Unfortunately, most of these children remain undiagnosed due to the lack of awareness and poor expertise in diagnosis.
The purpose of the book is to provide the reader with the indispensable knowledge, awareness, treatment plans and scientific approach for autism.
Saima also has completed advanced certificate for Autism USA, Red Cross Canada, and Ontario Colleges Canada. She also has been a member of American Psychological Association and Canadian Psychological Association.
She has international work experience in the fields of autism, psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, behavioral analysis, special education, community development, project management and gender equity and equality.
Currently, she is working in clinical setting in Canada and has expertise in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and intense behavior interventions (IBI), treatment of behavioral disorders, functional assessment and functional skill training for individuals with autism and special needs.