Dr Mahfud Ben-Hamida, Consultant Community Paediatrician with NCIC, is this week raising awareness of autism to mark the 60th World Autism Acceptance Week 2022. 

Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month, aiming to increase understanding and acceptance of autism, fostering worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world.

Dr Ben-Hamida said: “We know that autistic children see, hear and feel the world slightly differently from others. 

“Autism is a spectrum; it represented by a wide variety of presentations. It is a lifelong condition and it is not disease or illness. 

“There is no vaccination and there is no cure currently for it.”

“The reason why it is important to have an assessment for autism if you think your child is affected by the condition is that families and children can develop a better understanding of this condition."