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Autism Awareness Day 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010

Port of Spain, April 02, 2010: 

The Ministry of Health joins the rest of the world in observing World Autism Awareness Day, today, April 02, 2010.  Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime and is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities, as well as by repetitive behaviours.  It is estimated that as many as 67 million individuals are affected by autism, making it more common in most countries than pediatric cancer and AIDS combined.  Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls.

A baby should be evaluated for autism if any of the following signs are observed:

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by 6 months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by 9 months or thereafter
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • No response when the child’s name is called by 10 months
  • Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age.


 

THE AUTISTIC SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (ASTT)

There are about 400 families registered with the Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago but the national prevalence may be higher.  ASTT has devoted the month of April 2010 to autism awareness.  ASTT can be contacted by visiting their office at Autism Place, Ragoo Road, D’Abadie, visiting their website www.autismtt.org or calling their office at (868)-646-5506.









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