Autism is a pervasive, neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by stereotyped movements and impairment in social skills and communication patterns. Prevalence patterns show an increasing burden of about 1 in 150 children affected by the disorder. Most affected individuals have symptoms that interfere greatly with quality of life. Although a burgeoning concern, research on the prevalence, etiological factors and presentation patterns is limited in LAMI countries, leading to a minimal understanding of the disorder at individual, professional and societal level. There is an urgent need to enhance awareness and education to decrease stigma that maybe associated with autism.
Mian M.D., Ayesha
"Autism- towards comprehensive assessment and management,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 9
, Article 12.
Available at: http://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol9/iss3/12