Thursday, August 20, 2009

When Autism Co-Exists with Other Conditions in our Children

Do you ever get the feeling: “It’s more than autism with this child” ? Or “This new behaviour just doesn’t quite fit the autism criteria” Or “I wish I could talk to a developmental paediatrician"?

“Autism & its Co-morbidities”

by Dr Rajini Sarvananthan


Autism is often defined by its triad of deficits - impairments in social interaction, communication and stereotyped, repetitive behaviours. In addition, children with an autism spectrum disorder may have other difficulties such as sensory disintegration, motor coordination problems, specific behaviour problems, seizures and more. Some of these “other” problems – called co-morbidities – are often just as disabling and worrying as autism, and may even prevent a child from making progress in therapy if not addressed. The speaker, a well-regarded developmental paediatrician in the community, will discuss some of these co-morbidities. Parents and professionals attending this talk can expect to start learning how to identify some of these co-occurring conditions, and what suitable interventions are available.


Saturday, 21 November, 2009
9:30am until 1:00pm
Morning tea will be served


SWAN Convention Centre, 4th Floor Multi Storey Car Park,
Sunway Medical Centre, 5 Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway,
46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

About the Speaker:

Dr Rajini Sarvananthan is currently a Consultant Developmental and General Paediatrician at Sunway Medical Centre, Baby & Beyond Child Specialist Clinic, Sau Seng Lum Stroke & Rehab Centre, and Tropicana Medical Centre.

She entered Paediatrics in 1994 after graduating from Medical School in the UK. She started training in the field of Developmental Paediatrics in 1999 and returned to Malaysia in 2003. She joined UKM Medical Centre (formerly HUKM) and was involved in setting up the first Child Developmental Centre in Malaysia, working closely with other health professionals. In early 2009, she left to join Sunway Medical Centre and its dedicated team of therapists and health professionals, and also practices at the clinics and hospitals mentioned above.

She has a very supportive husband and three beautiful daughters.

Organised by ANDI Initiative

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