Empathise with autistic children- Head of Service of the Federation

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[Abuja]–Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, Head of Service of the Federation, has urged schools and other public places to show understanding,empathy and patience to autistic children no matter how special their needs are.

Oyo-Ita made this statement at the premiere of an adovocacy movie on autism in Abuja to commemorate the World Autism Awareness Day celebrated annually on April 2.

She advised that proper management was vital for the happiness of victims and their families, since there were no prescribed medical cure for autism.

“An autistic child needs the full attention of their parents to be able to cope in the society, and that is the only way autism can be handled.

“It is not their faults that they are in that condition,so they need to be totally accepted by the society,especially their families, she said.

The Director of the movie titled “Sometime in September”, Mr. Eyaba Emmanuel, in his own statement called for more advocacy and awareness of the Autism Spectrum Disorders.

He said the movie, an advocacy film seeks to rally support and care for patients of ASD and also raise a voice against the common practice of stigmatising autistic children, and how they can be successfully managed by their families.

The story plot is about Koko and Henshaw, a young happy couple with good job and other good things of life, but however, have a child, Dan with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

When the child was supposed to speak as a child he could not speak, and was unable to understand anything.

It got to a point when Koko and Henshaw felt like giving up on the usefulness of the child.

NAN reports that government functionaries, celebrities and entertainment stakeholders were present at the event.

ASD, popularly known as “autism,” is a developmental mental disorder characterised by social-communication challenges and restricted repetitive behaviour, activities and interests.

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