January 29, 2013

Autism turning into regional epidemic, experts warn

Fatima Muhammad | Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — Specialists are suggesting that research facilities at universities be utilized to develop programs to help autistic children. They also asked for an in-depth study to determine the real causes of the “alarming increase” of autism in the region.

Dr. Ehab Raja, head of the medical team at the Arab Network for Autism (ANA), said students more often than not turn in their research papers and keep them at university libraries. They rarely seek to apply their research findings in practice. He added that they hope to adapt these researches and turn them into practical tools to help autistic children.

The doctor was speaking to Saudi Gazette on the sidelines of the ninth meeting of the ANA at Jeddah Autism Center Saturday night.


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