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What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a complex developmental disability.  There are many types of Autism.  Signs typically appear during early childhood.

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One of the most important things you can do.

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Newly Diagnosed

The time following a diagnosis of autism can be overwhelming. You likely have a lot of questions and concerns about what lies ahead. You have come to the right place.

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Trainings

Autism Point offers courses for parents living with Autism to increase their knowledge of Autism in general.

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Advocacy

Our affiliates are the major source through which the Autism Point helps individuals and families living with Autism.

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Events

Autism Point sponsors the largest gathering of people with autism, families, and professionals at its Conference on ASD.

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According to the latest statistics, 4 hundred thousand children with autism in Pakistan.  This number increasing day by day due to many reasons.  People with ASD need help and support from the community.  Autism Point has specially trained professionals who work on brain development, social communication, social interaction, autism research and reduce the risk factors.  According to the National Institute of autism research, ASD is a complex developmental disorder that affects how a person behaves, interacts with others, communicates, and learns.  Symptoms of autism vary person to person.  According to American psychiatrist, the successful result will come if families and caretakers are fully trained, connect people with autism, understand the needs of the autistic person.

The Autism Point has been improving the lives of people who affected by autism for years and change the world of individuals and families living with autism, they are able to maximize their quality of life, and treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. We provide training, advocacy, special education, information and referral, support in Pakistan.

Autism Point is a fully equipped environment for children with ASD.  Autism Point provides a high standard of special education, behavior therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and psychotherapy services to enable each child to develop the potential in a calm and relaxing environment that maximize communication and learning for everyone.

Autism Treatment in Pakistan

The diagnosis and treatment of Autism in Pakistan occurs in multiple settings and is provided by a variety of health professionals. Unfortunately, knowledge and awareness about Autism are low among Pakistani healthcare professionals & the presence of inaccurate and outdated beliefs regarding this disorder may compromise early detection and timely referral for interventions. The study assessed the baseline knowledge and misconceptions regarding autism among healthcare professionals in Pakistan which can impact future awareness campaigns. Methods Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, neurologists, and family physicians) and non-physicians (psychologists and speech therapists) participated in this study. Knowledge of DSM-IV TR criteria for Autistic Disorder, beliefs about social, emotional, cognitive, treatment and prognosis of the disorder were assessed. Demographic information regarding the participants of the survey was also gathered. Results Two hundred and forty-seven respondents (154 Physicians & 93 Non-physicians) participated in the study. Mean age of respondents was 33.2 years (S.D 11.63) with 53% being females. Reasonably accurate familiarity with the DSM IV-TR diagnostic criteria of Autistic Disorder was observed. However, within the professional groups, differences were found regarding the utilization of the DSM-IV-TR criteria when diagnosing Autistic Disorder. Non-Physicians were comparatively more likely to correctly identify diagnostic features of autism compared with Physicians (P-value).

Warning Signs of Autism and More

  • Abnormal appetite
  • Abnormalities in speech
  • Accident prone behavior
  • Aggressiveness
  • Always climbing on objects
  • Appears deaf and/or unable to speak
  • Biting nails
  • Biting own body parts
  • Cannot be pacified
  • Clumsiness
  • Compulsive touching
  • Constant motion
  • Destructive behavior
  • Dizziness
  • Does not ask for help
  • Eating Dirt
  • Excessive drooling
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Excessive salivation
  • Excessive sweating
  • Facial changes
  • Fat Cravings
  • Fatigued
  • Weak appearance
  • Following routines
  • Frequent burping
  • Frequent flu and colds
  • Hair pulling
  • Biting nails
  • Hand flapping
  • Headbanging
  • Head pain threshold
  • Holds on to people and objects
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impaired ability to initiate speech
  • Impaired social play
  • Impaired peer relationships
  • Impulsiveness
  • Increased thirst
  • Irritability
  • Lacks concentration
  • Muscle aches
  • No eye contact
  • Nonstop talking
  • Pinches or hurts others
  • Poor eye-hand coordination
  • Post nasal drip
  • Preoccupation with parts of objects
  • Preoccupation in narrow interests
  • Protruding abdomen
  • Puffy eyes
  • Restlessness
  • Salt craving
  • Screaming inconsolably
  • Self abusive behaviour
  • Sensitive to cold or heat
  • Sensitive to odors
  • Sensitive to sound or light
  • Spinning motions frequently
  • Spurns affection and cuddling
  • Staring at people
  • Sugar cravings
  • Tantrums
  • Totally nonverbal
  • Uncontrollable body movements
  • Violent behaviour
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Ehan had several issues when he was 2.5 years old.  He was speech delayed, a sensory seeker and highly active.  He seemed to have a “brain fog” and with poor communication skills, he was extremely frustrated. We consult with some Doctors and psychologists, he was diagnosed as mild Autism.  In the beginning, he was flapped his hands and headbanging most of the time.  His behavior was very different as compared to other children.  He had no eye contact when he was 3 years.  The first step was taken to make an eye contact with him.  He had a great interest in computer, laptop, iPad and mobile devices. He had not to like to play with other children. After the completion of his behavior therapy, he was able to listen, anyone, then his speech therapy started.  Now Ehan is 8 years old, and going to normal school.  He is very good in studies.  Communication problems exist, but now he managed everything and learn the more skills day by day.  Autism Point team working for improving brain development, social awareness, and all other problems he faced.  Thank you for Autism Point Team