SRINAGAR A day long interactive workshop on AUTISM was conducted by mhGAP Kashmir Trust at Imam Hussain hospital here on March 19.
The workshop was held in collaboration with the Directorate of School Education Kashmir and was supported by various social and religious groups.
This was the 7th training project so far in Kashmir in collaboration with WHO Geneva and the state government as part of WHO formulated mhGAP intervention programme, according to the organisers.
The programme was formulated following the meeting between then Director of school Education Dr G N Itoo , Dr Mohammad Muzaffar Khan Clinical Psychologist and Dr Sayed Aqeel Hussain Consultant Psychiatrist.
More than 80 special education teachers and resource personnals were deputed from all districts of Kashmir.
The interactive workshop was conducted by Dr Khan and state coordinator for mhGAP Kashmir and Dr Sayed Aqeel.
The workshop focussed on communication and establishing trust with children and carers of children, assessment for autism, identifying cause, managing the condition using family education and parental skills training , linking and identifying services who will be providing input as part of multidisciplinary input and providing support to the carers of the children.
The workshop also discussed the recent disability and autism bill passed by the assembly and the support that autistic children ,their families and organisations working with Autistic children will be able to receive as a result of approval of bill by the assembly.
The bill approved support for both Govt and Voluntary organisations who will be working with differently abled children especially with developmental disorders.
The workshop stressed the need for setting resource centres in each district in collaboration with education, health and social welfare department which will be able to provide ongoing support for these children closer to their homes the fundamental principal of developing services closer to home besides training people working at grass root levels to provide services .
The workshop recommended the need for developing community based rehabilitation units using local community resources as well as training support workers to provide input and support to children and families at home where needed and helping address psychosocial issues in the family contributing and maintaining the problem.