Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Africa:

The Need to Know

July 19, 2016

Autism awareness is becoming more prevalent in Africa where information has been slow in coming. In the Western world, autism awareness and information has been far more advanced and according to recent literature on the topic of Africa and ASD, more experts are calling for new studies of the epidemiology of ASD, which needs to be seriously addressed.

According to our knowledge at present, Africa is behind in many aspects of ASD information and knowledge. These experts are calling for more studies so we can really understand the depth of the problem in this neglected region.

Today we know that the neurotransmission disorder which prevents the child, and eventually the adult, from speaking and behaving normally in his social group, especially in Africa, can be considerably reduced through a system of constantly maintained stimulations, the first of which is communication and the love of his parents and others.

This first impetus and remedy for his distress must be linked to exercises stimulating all of the senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell) through the help of speech and physical therapists or of methods that emphasize (a) listening and hearing (the TOMATIS method), (b) associating words and pictures (the TEACH method), (c) understanding a given order or the right procedure (the ABA method), (d) horseback riding, swimming and certain sports such as karate and judo, and (e) contact with other children in preschool, choir or group games ..

But the Knowledge about ASD in Africa was noted to be low and drastic new research and data are needed to update ASD statistics on this continent.